One dead after yacht accident in Wangi

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A person has died after falling from a yacht in Lake Macquarie today (Sunday 14 February). 

A Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie crew received a call just after 4pm from its base that there was a person in the water off Wangi Point. 

The individual was knocked overboard by the boom on their sailing boat.

Those on board the boat were then unable to lower the sails so the vessel continued, with the person in the water unable to be sighted.

Westpac Rescue Helicopter arrived a short time later and was hovering over an object in the water, which was identified by rescue crews as the person. 

The individual was pulled out of the water but, despite efforts, they were unable to resuscitate the person.

More to come.