Dramatic Rescue At Avoca Beach

A woman has been pulled barely conscious from the water at Avoca Beach on the NSW Central Coast after she slipped while watching her husband fish on Saturday afternoon.

The alarm was raised at around 12:30 pm when the woman aged in her 50s fell off the rocks at the southern end of the beach.

It is understood that she was not a strong swimmer.

Fortunately the accident happened in an area that is heavily frequented by anglers, and many of them witnessed the woman fall.

One bystander noticed that she was struggling and threw his own lifejacket into the ocean but it had little effect.

While others raised the alarm, two members of the public jumped in and held the woman’s head above the swell.

A jet ski from the nearby Avoca Beach SLSC was launched and was able to pluck the woman from the ocean.

At the clubhouse she was given oxygen while an ambulance was called.

Paramedics assessed the woman and she was subsequently transported to hospital for observation after it was determined that she had swallowed significant amounts of water.

She is expected to make a full recovery.

General Rock Fishing Safety Tips:

• Check the weather, surf conditions and tides before going fishing
• Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back
• Always wear a lifejacket
• Wear appropriate non-slip footwear and light clothing
• Always fish with a friend
• Check the warnings signs for information about the area
• Never turn your back to the water
• Do not try and retrieve anything that has fallen into the water
• Do not jump in if someone falls into the water - wait for assistance or throw an ‘Angel Ring’ or Lifebuoy if there is one nearby • Additionally boaters are urged to always check conditions prior and to log on with their local Marine Rescue Base via radio or using the MarineRescue App. Visit www.mrnsw.com.au for more information
• Call Triple Zero – Police to report an in-water emergency

Sat 11 Feb 2017