International News May 28, 2020 5:40 PM EST

Kayaker drowns after posting 'last call for help' on Facebook

An Australian kayaker's body washed up on shore after he went live on Facebook, showing how he had been pulled off the coast of New South Wales during a fishing trip.

Kayaker drowns after posting 'last call for help' on Facebook
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An Australian kayaker's body washed up on shore after he went live on Facebook, showing how he had been pulled off the coast of New South Wales during a fishing trip.

Jeremy Peter Worthy, 43, went live on his personal Facebook page on Saturday. The post, which has since been deleted, was made as he struggled to get back to shore, according to Global News.

Worthy posted the 10-minute video from his kayak around 5:45pm, which reveals that he was wearing a life-jacket, bobbing up and down in rough waters.

Posted by Jeremy Peter Worthy on Saturday, May 23, 2020

"I thought it’d be a problem," he says in the video. "This is taking me for a ride."

He shared a photo of his geographical whereabouts that day too, showing his geo-location to be nearly Cullendulla Creek.

Less than an hour passed before he went live again, this time posting a 4-minute clip describing how difficult it was to paddle to shore as the high winds cut out his voice.

"There’s no going back where I came, that’s too far," he can be heard saying in the video. "(Do I) keep going or stay here?"

During that time, the Bureau of Meteorology in New South Wales tweeted: "A monster southerly swell up to 4 to 5 metres and strong winds are moving up the coast today, impacting #Sydney, #CentralCoast and #Newcastle beaches. While tempting to get a look, keep clear rock ledges and check your skill level before entering the water."

The organization called the beach conditions "dangerous," adding that "damaging surf" and "damaging wind" was in the area.

The New South Wales police released a statement on Sunday regarding the drowning death of a man believed to be Worthy. The man was pronounced dead at the scene on that state's south coast.

Glenn Sullivan, regional operations manager for Marine Rescue Monaro, confirmed that it was Worthy who had died in an interview with the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner.

Family and friends have turned his Facebook page into a memorial, posting memories of Worthy.

"Always trying to help others when he needed the most. My year 10 formal date. My gentleman. My friend," Facebook user Sarah Davis commented on his video. "I am sorry you got lost and I couldn’t find you."

Lorraine Worthy, who appears to be a family member, wrote: "So unfair. Fly high, mate. We know you’re with your dad. We love you always and forever."

"I’m pretty sure this was his last call for help," another friend commented. "I’m so sorry, my friend. I should have called Marine Rescue when I saw you struggle long with the waves. I thought you could deal with it. I feel so guilty for not seeing the reality of your situation."

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