Surfers Rescued Off Central Coast

Three surfers have been rescued in rough seas off Shelly Beach on the NSW Central Coast by off-duty surf lifesavers. The Surf Rescue emergency response system was tasked to respond to reports that the surfers were stranded and their jetski had washed up onto the rocks.

An Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) from Toowoon Bay SLSC was launched and the volunteer callout crew arrived at the scene a short time later, located the three men in the water and brought them back to shore. They were uninjured.

While the surf lifesaving season is over, volunteers continue to respond to coastal incidents and emergencies at an increasing rate. On Friday volunteers from Yamba SLSC rescued a couple and their dog after their yacht capsized at the mouth of the Clarence River.

SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager, Dean Storey, says the rescuers did a great job. “The conditions are pretty rough at the moment and the IRB crew did well to get to the scene so quickly. Callouts like this show how important our emergency response capability is in saving lives away from patrolled locations,” he said.

State-wide, emergency callouts are up for the year by almost 30% to 539 with 47 of those responded to by Central Coast volunteers.

Mon 24 Jun 2013