Joint Response in Treacherous Conditions

Lifesaving services were scrambled this afternoon to the report of a person struggling in the water at Phillip Bay, Sydney.

At around 2.30pm the Surf Emergency Response System was activated by NSW Police informing them of the emergency.

In treacherous conditions, the combined effort of Surf Life Saving, Randwick lifeguards, the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter and Water Police resulted in the recovery of an adult male, who was found some distance from shore clinging to his windsurfer sail. The sail had separated from the board which had subsequently been washed away.

The patient was reportedly spotted by the rescue helicopter, secured by water police and brought to shore by the lifeguard jetski.

The patient was cold and distressed, but otherwise uninjured.

Surf Life Saving NSW Lifesaving Manager, Dean Storey, says, “This is a very positive outcome and showcased an excellent joint response of services, in very challenging conditions”.

Storey reminds the public that Surf Life Saving is advising swimmers, surfers, rock fishermen and boat skippers to take extreme caution as dangerous surf conditions are expected across the state until next Tuesday.

“We’d advise people stay out of the water and away from rock platforms and headlands until these conditions moderate next week,” Dean said.

Randwick Lifeguard Supervisor, Peter Halcro, says, “Conditions are treacherous, visibility is limited and the patient today was very lucky. People venturing out in conditions like these are not only putting themselves in danger, but also the people who are tasked to save them,” he said.

Public Safety Messages - During Dangerous Surf Conditions

  • Swim only at patrolled beaches between the red/yellow flags (No flags, No swim)
  • Avoid rock-fishing on the open coastline
  • Inexperienced surfers should avoid surfing
  • Boaties should check their local forecast, seek advice from NSW Maritime and always wear a lifejacket
  • Visit Beachsafe for information on patrolled beaches/times
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial 000 – Police

Fri 19 Apr 2013