Joint Emergency Response in Surf Rescue

An early morning rescue of a father and son in rough conditions at Cronulla has highlighted the importance of the Surf Rescue Emergency Response System, and a coordinated joint response.

At 7.15am today, Police notified the Surf Life Saving NSW State Operations Centre of two surfers in difficulty off Cronulla.

Sutherland Shire lifeguards were quickly tasked to the scene and commenced rescue operations using a jetski and rescue board.

On reaching the pair, the lifeguards discovered it was a father and son who had got into difficulty after one had lost their board in the rough conditions.

Both surfers were quickly rescued and taken to shore with neither requiring further treatment. From the time the alert was raised, the entire rescue effort took just 10 minutes to complete.

SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent said that the quick response by all involved highlights the importance of the Surf Rescue Emergency Response System in coordinating multiple agencies and assets to respond to coastal incidents. Mr Kent also cautioned the public to remain vigilant whenever they enter the water.

“This was a great example of everybody working together to contribute to a successful rescue,” Mr Kent said.

“We would strongly encourage beachgoers to only swim at patrolled beaches between the flags as the conditions at the moment are quite unpredictable.”

Surf Life Saving NSW is urging all beachgoers to monitor conditions this weekend as hazardous surf conditions are likely to continue into the weekend, along the coast.Most beaches across the state are closed today due to the conditions..

For beach conditions and to locate your nearest patrolled beach, visit Beachsafe or download the Beachsafe app.

Fri 12 Dec 2014