92 y/o Evans Head fisherman drowns on mobility scooter
UPDATE 3pm: A 92-year-old pioneer of the Evans Head RSL has drowned in tragic circumstances when he fell from a wharf on the Evans River while fishing in a mobility scooter this morning.
Lismore police Inspector Matt Johnson said at about 7am the elderly gentleman attended his usual fishing spot and was last seen fishing from his motorised chair.
"Some local residents have seen him there but shortly after they didn't see him," he said.
"Then some local fellows from the fisherman's co-op here have noticed the fellow in the water."
Insp Johnson said the man's body was retrieved by police rescue and will be taken to the Lismore mortuary for a post-mortem examination.
"The bottom half of the motorised chair is quite heavy, so its on the bottom of the wharf here."
"We will employ the assistance of the police unit from Sydney to help us retrieve that."
Police divers are anticipated to arrive on Tuesday to retrieve the man's motorised scooter.
Insp Johnson said there were no suspicious circumstances in the death of the well known local.
Police have notified the man's next of kin, but are not releasing his name at this stage.
INITIAL REPORT 9.30am: POLICE are on the scene of a drowning at Evans Head this morning.
Lismore police Sergeant Dave Longfield said it is believed the deceased man may have been fishing when he fell into the water this morning and was unable to get out.
The man's body is being retrieved by police who will prepare a report for the coroner.
More information to come.