Police are investigating after a man's body was found in the Tweed River at Tumbulgum. Photo: Matt Price
Police are investigating after a man's body was found in the Tweed River at Tumbulgum. Photo: Matt Price Contributed

Man found dead in river at Tumbulgum was fishing

POLICE believe a 35-year-old man whose body was pulled from the Tweed River at Tumbulgum yesterday had been fishing.

Police said at 1.30pm a report of a dead body was made to the police by two local fishermen.

The fisherman discovered the body 400 metres upriver from the Tumbulgum Bridge.

Tweed Police inspector Gary Cowan said police located fishing gear and a car, believed to be owned by the Tumbulgum man, nearby on Dulguigan Road by Tumbulgum Bridge

Some members of his family have been notified and Insp Cowan said police would release the name tomorrow.

Yesterday one of the fishermen Matt Price said he and his mate did not realise what they had found until they got closer.

"All we saw was a bit of blue cloth," Mr Price told My Daily News.

"We thought it was a towel or something.

"We went over and that's when we noticed it was a body."

Mr Price, who lives near the boat ramp, said police had asked the pair to look for clues along the river bank and he found a hat.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Anyone with information should contact Tweed/ Byron Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.