King Island Tasmania: Traveller dies while diving at Johnson Rock in latest summer drowning

A man has died after he drowned while diving with friends off Tasmania’s King Island.

Emergency services were called to Johnson Rock at Currie, on the island’s west coast, about 11.30am on Sunday.

Tasmanian police said the 43-year-old diver had encountered difficulties in the water during what is believed to have been a free diving session.

His friends attempted to revive the man with CPR, but the interstate traveller died at the scene.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

“Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends,” Tasmanian police said in a statement.

The man is the latest in dozens of fatal drownings in Australian waters this summer, more than at the same time last year.

A man in his 30s drowned on the NSW Central Coast on Saturday, as his eight-year-old son watched on.

The drowning at Ettalong Beach came a little over a week after a man drowned at Umina Beach on Christmas Day.

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