Man Revived After South Coast Rescue

Lifesavers and Paramedics have successfully revived a man who went into cardiac arrest following the rescue of his own son in an incident that happened on the NSW South Coast on Monday.

The drama began at the unpatrolled Racecourse Beach near Ulladulla on the state’s South Coast at around 4:30AEDT when a 9-year-old child got caught in a rip while swimming.

Police contacted the State Operations Centre requesting assistance from surf lifesavers if possible, and a duty officer and two lifesavers from Mollymook Surf Lifesaving Club were tasked to attend the incident as was an ambulance.

After witnessing his son in distress approximately 50 metres offshore the father went to his aid with a boogie board, and was able to get the young child to safety.

Upon reaching the shore the father complained of chest pains and difficulty breathing.

He had gone into cardiac arrest by the time paramedics and lifesavers had reached the isolated location and they quickly commenced cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man.

The man regained consciousness after he received a number of shocks from the defibrillator and was later transported to hospital.

Further details about the man’s condition were not immediately available, although it has been described as “serious, but stable”.

His son was also assessed after his ordeal, but did not require further treatment.

General Safety Tips

  • Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, for your nearest patrolled beach check the BeachSafe app or website
  • Read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information
  • Always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water
  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • If you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising one arm
  • In an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police
  • Don’t forget to be sun safe by remembering to: Slip on some protective clothing, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Slide on a pair of sunglasses, Seek some shade and Sip on lots of water to stay hydrated.
  • For information about patrol times, weather, and beach locations visit the Beachsafe Website or Download the App.

Mon 28 Dec 2015