Mona Vale Swimmers Rescued

Three early morning swimmers got a timely reminder of the danger of rip currents after getting into difficulty and requiring rescuing at Mona Vale Beach on Tuesday.

The women were swimming at the beach shortly before 8am when they got trapped in a fast-moving current and were unable to escape.

A pair of body boarders noticed the women and went to their aid, but unfortunately they were unable to complete the rescue before they too got into trouble.

Thanks to the aid of their body boards, the duo were eventually able to swim parallel to the rip and catch a wave to shore; exhausted but unharmed.

Fortuitously the entire incident was witnessed by workers at the local café across the street. The pair raced to the scene and grabbed rescue boards from the beach before swimming out and helping the women back to shore.

Police and paramedics attended the scene but no further treatment was required for anyone involved.

NSW Operations Manager Andy Kent praised the actions of the rescuers.

“The members of the public did an absolutely fantastic job in the circumstances, but what it does highlight is just how quickly things can change when you are swimming prior to patrols and in challenging conditions,” he said.

Conditions at Mona Vale at the time were fairly inconsistent with a small swell interspersed with larger 6ft sets. Swells are forecast to continue to build throughout Tuesday afternoon.

A dangerous surf warning for the NSW coastline between the Victorian Border and Mid North Coast remains in effect throughout today with similar conditions forecast for at least the next couple of day. Peaks of up to 3.5 metres are expected with southern facing beaches most likely to be impacted.

Tips For Keeping Safe At The Beach

• 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 your arm
• In an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police • For information about patrol times, weather, and beach locations visit the Beachsafe Website or Download the App

Tue 11 Apr 2017