Body found of missing fisherman

The body of a man who fell overboard while fishing on Lake Eucumbene last month has been found.

A 70-year-old man located the body of the missing man while cruising on Lake Eucumbene, at around 10.30am on Wednesday, and contacted police.

The body of the 56-year-old fisherman was retrieved a short time later, and the missing man's family was notified.

The man from Emu Plains had been fishing with his 27-year old son in a small 4.4 5 metre motorboat on the lake on October 17 at 6pm when he lost his footing and fell overboard. He had not been in good health.

The man's son searched in the water for about 40 minutes, but was unable to locate his father.

The motorboat was going at trawling speed and got away so the son had a long swim to shore and then travelled on foot for around five hours before raising the alarm at Anglers Reach.

A search was launched in the early hours of Thursday October 18 involving the two local police boats based at Lake Eucumbene, Marine Rescue NSW and the SouthCare Rescue Helicopter.

Additional Monaro Local Area Command police, PolAir and State Emergency Service crews also helped in the search, as well as police divers and a helicopter.

The man was wearing gum boots and a heavy jacket at the time he fell in the water and neither men were wearing lifejackets.

Cooma's Inspector Peter Rooney said conditions were calm at the time of the incident but people should be aware that conditions can change quickly on alpine waters.

"Wearing lifejackets in smaller boats - 4.8 metres and under - is mandatory," he said.

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