An elderly gentleman in a motorised wheelchair died at Evans Head while fishing.
An elderly gentleman in a motorised wheelchair died at Evans Head while fishing. Marc Stapelberg

Local identity dies while fishing at Evans Head

WELL-KNOWN Evans Head fisherman, 92-year old Rex Montford, has died in tragic circumstances, falling from the co-op wharf on his mobility scooter while fishing on Saturday.

Mr Montford's family are now waiting on post-mortem results to determine how the death occurred.

Mr Montford went to his regular spot on the Evans River wharf and was last seen fishing from his motorised chair about 7am, Inspector Matt Johnson of Lismore police said.

"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 police rescue had taken the body from the water for post-mortem examination.

"The bottom half of the motorised chair is quite heavy, so it's on the bottom beneath the wharf," he said. "We will employ the assistance of the police unit from Sydney to help us retrieve that."

Police divers are expected to arrive tomorrow.

Insp Johnson said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Dr Richard Gates president of the Evans Head Living Museum said he knew Rex Montford for nearly 60 years. 

"He was a gentle man and always had time for the kids interested in fishing," he said.

Mr Montford contributed in many ways to the town, including helping to get the Evans Head RSL established.