Man dies while defending property against bushfire at Batlow

A man has died whilst trying to help defend a friend’s rural property against fire at Batlow yesterday.

About 6.30pm yesterday a 47-year-old man was assisting in the effort to defend a home on Batlow Road when he went to a nearby ute with the intention of retrieving water.

When he didn’t return, the man’s friend went to check on him and found him unconscious in the vehicle.

The man’s friend got into the ute and drove a short distance, before coming across a passing police vehicle, with officers stopping to assist.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, the man died at the scene.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.