• Tony Bosworth

Man dies in Colo River after getting wedged under submerged rock at Colo Heights

Police divers joined a recovery operation this morning for a man from Sydney's northern suburbs who died in the Colo River on Saturday evening.

About 7pm yesterday, emergency services were called to the river near Grassy Hill Trail at Colo Heights, following reports a man had disappeared under water.

Police have been told the man – believed to be aged 41 – was with five other men on separate inflatable lilos when he became wedged on a large submerged rock about 1pm.

The other men were uninjured and alerted authorities.

An operation involving officers from Hawkesbury Police Area Command, Police Rescue, PolAir and NSW Ambulance took place.

Paramedics were winched into the location, and the man, who was still partially underwater, was declared deceased.

Due to the terrain and fading daylight, the recovery operation was suspended just after 8.30pm. It began again today at 10am and the man’s body was recovered by Police Rescue officers at 11.50am and then taken aboard the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The man is yet to be formally identified and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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