Crackneck Point Rescue Awarded Rescue Of The Month

A combined effort from Shelley Beach SLSC and Toowoon Bay SLSC lifesavers which resulted in the rescue of three stranded tow-in surfers in large seas has been awarded the May/June SLSNSW Rescue of the Month.

Given the location and the large swells on the day, the inexperienced tow-in surfers could have suffered major injury or worse if not for the quick, coordinated and highly professional response by the volunteer lifesavers.

At 10.00am on Monday 24 June 2013, the Surf Emergency Response System was activated by NSW Police for three people in trouble off Crackneck Point at Bateau Bay. It was reported that they had lost control of their jet ski in large seas while tow-in surfing.

The isolated Crackneck Point is a secluded area with limited access by foot, surrounded by a 1km stretch of large rock platforms and cliff face, known for producing hazardous surf conditions, including 7-8 foot waves on this day.

State and Central Coast Duty Officer, Brett Beswick, who was in charge of the operation on the day, quickly tasked Greg Wall & Tom Simpson (Shelley Beach SLSC) and Michael Cook & Graham Eager (Toowoon Bay SLSC) to respond.

The volunteers from both clubs then braved the hazardous conditions in their Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) as they negotiated the waves and nearby rock ledges to locate the three surfers.

Two patients were secured in the IRB, while the third patient was transported by Matthew Neale who was supporting the lifesavers in the Central Coast Branch Jet Ski.

While the surfers’ disabled jet ski had to be recovered from the rocks the three surfers were extremely lucky that they did not require further medical treatment.

Tue 23 Jul 2013