Busy Day for Surf Lifesavers

Volunteer callout teams have been kept busy responding to a large number of coastal incidents across the state today.

The Surf Rescue Emergency Response system received seven requests for assistance, the most dramatic resulting in a rockfisherman being plucked from the sea at Winney Bay on the Central Coast by surf lifesavers from Avoca and Copacabana. The fact he was wearing a lifejacket meant he was able to survive more than half an hour in the water until help arrived.

Surf Life Saving NSW Duty Officer Darren Jamieson said the rescue effort was an example of great coordination between volunteers from several clubs, emergency services and the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter.

"This rockfisherman was well prepared and extremely lucky. It hits home the fact that lifejackets really do save lives," he said.

The most serious incident unfortunately resulted in a fatality when a woman fell from rocks early this morning at Shellcove near Kiama.

Other incidents included a kite surfer in trouble at Broulee on the far south coast and searches for possible missing persons at Clovelly and Catherine Hill Bay.

With good weather and warm temperatures on the way for the rest of the weekend, surf lifesavers are expecting more people will take to the coast and beaches tomorrow and are urging them to stay safe around water and wear a lifejacket if boating or rockfishing.

Sat 18 Oct 2014