Man Drowns at Long Reef Point

Efforts to resuscitate a 28-year-old man caught in a rip off Long Reef Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches have been unsuccessful.

At around 10:45am on Saturday a woman got into difficulty in a rip at Long Reef Beach approximately 150 metres south of the point.

A 28-year-old man who went to her assistance also found himself struggling in the strong rip.

Two members of the public who were sitting on the beach observed that the swimmers were in trouble, and took action by swimming out around 50 metres offshore to pull the pair out of the water.

The man was unconscious and non-responsive when he was pulled onto the beach, so the two members of the public immediately commenced CPR.

Surf Life Saving NSW Duty Officer Darren Jameson said emergency services including paramedics, police, firefighters and the Westpac Helicopter were dispatched to the scene.

“Upon receiving the call, the State Operations Centre tasked a number of surf lifesaving assets to attend the location where they assisted in rotating CPR duties with other emergency workers,” Mr Jameson said.

“Police were the first on-site and they took over CPR duties. Members from the NSW Fireservice, and Collaroy Surf Club who had travelled to the location in an inflatable rescue boat (IRB) were also involved in the resuscitation attempt.”

Mr Jameson praised the efforts of everyone who battled to save the man’s life.

“CPR was performed for 40 minutes, but unfortunately attempts to revive the patient were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

“Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this very difficult time."

The incident will be investigated, with police to make a report to the coroner.

At the beach, follow these simple safety tips:

• Always swim between the red and yellow flags
• Read the safety signs
• Ask a lifesaver/lifeguard for safety advice
• Learn how to identify a rip
• If you need help, stay calm and attract attention
• Always wear a lifejacket while rock-fishing
• If witnessing an in-water emergency call 000-Police

For full details on which beaches are patrolled and patrol times go to beachsafe.org.au, or download the app.

Sat 10 Jan 2015