A woman is recovering in hospital, while two others have been given a clean bill of health, after the trio were pulled out of a rip by an off duty surf lifesaver and a member of the public at Cabarita Beach on Tuesday.

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Women Rescued From Cabarita Beach Rip

A woman is recovering in hospital, while two others have been given a clean bill of health, after the trio were pulled out of a rip by an off duty surf lifesaver and a member of the public at Cabarita Beach on Tuesday.

It is understood that the women who are aged between 18-25, were swimming approximately 200 metres north of the surf club at the popular Northern NSW beach when they got into difficulty at about 11:40 AEST. Two of the women are visitors to the area, while it is believed the third woman is a local resident.

The NSW State Operations Centre was alerted to the incident shortly before midday and immediately activated the call-out team from the Tweed area, which included a Surf Life Saving Duty Officer who attended the scene. Two Westpac helicopters were also notified, but ultimately were not required.

It was fortunate for the group that a member of the public witnessed their struggles and was able to alert an off-duty lifesaver.

The lifesaver grabbed a rescue tube while the member of the public equipped themselves with a rescue board before the two headed out to successfully rescue the stranded swimmers who had drifted about 100 metres offshore.

Conditions at the time of the incident have been described as “messy” with a moderate wind creating consistent chop throughout the morning.

Paramedics assessed the women with one later transported to hospital for further observation after she swallowed seawater.

Surf Life Saving Duty Officer Chris Samuels praised the efforts of the lifesaver and the member of the public for their efforts in the rescue.

“This rescue highlights the fact that as lifesavers you never know when your skills and training are going to be required,” Mr Samuels said.

“The member of the public did a fantastic job in first alerting the club and then volunteering their assistance in the rescue. With eleven days still remaining before surf lifesavers are back on patrol it’s important that people take the time to assess the conditions before heading out,” he concluded.

Volunteer surf lifesavers will be resuming weekend patrols for the 2016/17 season from Saturday 24 September.


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.

Tue 13 Sep 2016