The images show the last moments of an exhausted kayaker stranded at sea before his body was found in the water
Heartbreaking images show the last moments of an exhausted kayaker stranded at sea before his body was found in the water
- The footage shows the moments minutes before a kayaker died in a heavy swell
- Jeremy Worthy was found dead on Sunday in Long Beach on the south coast of NSW
- The 43-year-old made a desperate plea for social media help with videos
- Just nine minutes before his empty kayak was found, he posted his last video
Oppressive images show the last moments of a kayaker stranded in large waves before his body was found in the water hours later.
Jeremy Worthy, 43, was found dead on Sunday in Long Beach on the south coast of New South Wales.
But minutes before his empty kayak was found washed up on the beach, Mr. Worthy took to Facebook to make a final plea for help.
He uploaded a live Facebook video at 12.21 p.m. while paddling through a large swell, telling the camera that he was exhausted from pushing against the strong tide.
Jeremy Worthy, 43, was found dead on Sunday in Long Beach on the south coast of New South Wales
“This is tiring and pushes me where I don’t want to go,” Mr. Worthy said to the camera.
“Thinking here, who wants to be an embarrassing fool, to usher in rescue at sea.
“It’s not very peaceful, not very soothing.”
He described his struggles to return to Snapper Island as the strong currents and strong winds drifted around his kayak.
Mr. Worthy also described the challenges he faced when waves hit him.
Before the video, Mr. Worthy posted some photos saying he was “ flooded ” by the coastal waves as he set out to fish.
Then he placed a map of his location in the kayak without a description.
A woman responded to the post saying she wished she had realized the “reality of the situation.”
But minutes before his empty kayak was found, Mr. Worthy flushed to Facebook to make a final plea for help (photo)
He described his struggles to return to Snapper Island as the big swell and strong winds pushed his kayak around (photo)
“I’m pretty sure this was his last cry for help,” she noted.
“I’m so sorry, my friend, I should have called Marine Rescue when I saw you struggle with the waves for a long time, I thought you could handle it.”
Emergency services were called to the beach at 12:30 on Sunday, just nine minutes after Mr. Worthy posted his last video to Facebook.
An audience member found an empty kayak and informed the police before Mr. Worthy’s body was found between Square Head and Sandy Place.
An officer retrieved the body and provided CPR before the paramedics arrived, but died on the spot, NSW police said in a statement.
He uploaded a live Facebook video at 12.21 pm paddling through a big swell and told the camera that he was exhausted from pushing the strong tide (photo)
Then he posted a map of his location in the kayak without description as he struggled in the water (photo)
Mr. Worthy’s friends and family flooded social media in tribute to the popular kayaker, remembering him as a “ close friend ” who will be “ missed ” by everyone.
“I can’t stop watching this video. Jeremy I wish I had seen this and called sea rescue not long after you drowned. R.I.P I already miss your good morning text, ‘wrote one woman.
“So unfair flying, tall size, we know you’re with your dad, we love you forever and ever,” said one user.
“I can’t believe you’re just gone and I only saw you a few days ago. Fly high size, loved and missed forever by everyone, you’ve been a really good friend, ”said another.