Grey nomad drowns soon after setting off on Big Lap

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A grey nomad has drowned shortly after taking off on his dream trip around Australia.
Terry Hawes from Sydney disappeared after his boat capsized on Carcoar Dam in the Lachlan Valley in New South Wales. He had ventured out alone in a small dinghy on a fishing trip and is believed not to have been wearing a life jacket.
His body has now been recovered 250 metres from where his boat capsized  The 56-year-old had been camping at the dam with his wife. Mr Hawes had recently retired and the couple were at the very beginning of their long-awaited grey nomad adventure.
Other tourists who were camping at the dam near the couple told the Western Advocate newspaper that the man was an insulin-dependent diabetic. They said his wife had become concerned when he didn’t return from his boat trip to take his medication.
A huge land, air and water search followed before Mr Hawes’ body was found in the dam.
Inspector Colin Cracknell of Bathurst Police said Mr Hawes’ body will be conveyed to Westmead Hospital in Sydney, where an autopsy will be conducted and the exact cause of death determined.
“On behalf of the family and the NSW police I would like to pass on my sincere gratitude to all persons involved in the search and recovery of Mr Hawes which will now allow the family to commence their grieving process and begin to move forward,” he said.

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