Bushwalker Finds Body Sydney’s Figure Eight Pools
A bushwalker has made a gruesome discovery while hiking near Sydney’s ‘Instagram famous’ figure eight pools with his girlfriend on Monday.
A body, believed to be that of a Nepalese man who was swept off rocks in the tourist hotspot in Sydney’s south over a month ago, was discovered about 800 metres south of the pools.
NSW Police commenced a retrieval operation with Police Rescue and the Airwing and the body was removed just after midday yesterday.
The body is yet to be formally identified, but police believe that it is a 22-year-old Nepalese national who was swept off rocks at the Figure Eight Pools in extreme conditions on February 25.
A report is being prepared for the coroner.
The bushwalker, 26-year-old Brad Pyne, has since spoken to Daily Mail about the horrifying discovery.
“We stopped for lunch near the pools and decided to head south along the coast instead of heading back along the track for something different,” Mr Pyne said.
“I don’t know why we chose to walk back along the coast instead of the track, it was high tide and the surf was pretty rough.”
About 20 minutes into the walk, Mr Pyne says that he noticed a bad smell and spotted something washed up on the rocks.
“When I first saw a foot sticking out from the rocks, I thought it was a halloween prop,” he continued.
“When I saw the pants and belt, it kind of struck home that this was actually a person like you or me.”
Mr Pyne believed that if he hadn’t chosen to walk that way, the remains may have never been found.
The couple reported the incident to police who returned to the spot and found the man’s body.
The Figure Eight Pools are considered to be extremely dangerous during high tides, as large waves can drag swimmers across the rocks.
An online warning system has been set up by the NSW Government to let people know about the danger of the waves.