Swimmer Revived At Pambula

A man is recovering in hospital on Saturday evening after being pulled unconscious from the water at Pambula Beach on the state’s Far South Coast.

The 49-year-old was swimming about 400 metres north of the flags at around 1pm when he began to have difficulty breathing. His sister-in-law who had witnessed the incident quickly went to his aid and by the time she got him out of the water he was unconscious.

Lifesavers including two teenagers aged 15 and 16 who were on patrol travelled to the scene in an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) where they performed CPR on the man.

A defibrillator was used and after several minutes the man was able to start breathing again on his own.

Two off-duty Intensive Care Unit nurses who were at the beach also assisted in the CPR process.

NSW Lifesaving Manger Andy Kent praised the quick action of the lifesavers.

“It’s really pleasing that the lifesavers involved in this incident were able to respond promptly and put their training to good use. “I would like to thank the two-off duty nurses who helped manage the situation and the more experienced lifesavers who guided the two young patrolling members through what was a demanding situation,” Mr Kent said.

The lifesavers involved in the rescue will undertake a critical incident debrief as part of Surf Life Saving operating procedures.

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 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.

Sat 9 Jan 2016