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Lifeguards and lifesavers charged with the responsibility of protecting the beach going public in the Munmorah Conservation Area have pleaded with the public to be aware of the conditions after performing another rescue at the notorious Frazer Park Blowhole.

The area’s undeniable beauty masks its darker side with a number of high profile incidents in recent years occurring as a direct result of visitors getting trapped in the cave systems by rising tides.

In the latest incident on Monday afternoon Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service patrolling nearby Frazer Park Beach were tasked after reports of a man stranded in the blowhole.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at around 2:30 with Lifeguards taking to the water on jet skis.

Additional lifesaving assets including call out teams from local surf clubs, the Central Coast Duty Officer and Lifeguards from Catherine Hill Bay were all placed on stand-by, but ultimately were not required.

Lifeguards were on scene and able to rescue the trapped man within 15 minutes and after being assessed by paramedics back on the safety of the shore he was given a clean-bill of health.

ALS Lifeguard Operations Coordinator Patria Harris praised the efforts of the Lifeguards involved for a quick response.

“It was a professional response from the on-duty Lifeguards who assessed the situation quickly and were able to use both their training and knowledge of the conditions to carry out the rescue,” said Ms Harris.

“What the incident highlights is the danger of the blowhole in that particular location and we are certainly urging the public to be aware when swimming, walking or fishing throughout the area.”

Monday was a horror day on NSW beaches following the death of two men at Kiama and at Boomerang Beach after they became distressed in the water.

Beach 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.

Tuesday 15 January 2019