News State New South Wales NSW death toll climbs to 21 as 84-year-old man injured in Cobargo bushfire dies in hospital
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NSW death toll climbs to 21 as 84-year-old man injured in Cobargo bushfire dies in hospital

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Police have confirmed a man injured in a bushfire on the New South Wales south coast has died in hospital.

The 84-year-old suffered burns on December 31 at Cobargo, after a blaze tore through the Bega Valley town.

The man was transferred to Concord Hospital in Sydney for treatment, where he died early on Saturday morning.

His death brings the death toll from Cobargo’s New Years Eve bushfire to three people, after father and son Robert Salway, 63, and Patrick Salway, 29, perished on the day of the blaze.

Father and son Robert and Patrick Salway also died in the Cobargo blaze.

The pair had stayed behind to defend their property and farming equipment in Wandella, 10 kilometres west of Cobargo, but their bodies were discovered when family members returned to the property.

The NSW Rural Fire Service estimated dozens of buildings had been destroyed in the historic village, which has a population of 776.

The total bushfire death toll in NSW now stands at 21 people.

ABC