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Despite the best efforts of first aid responders including Council Lifeguards, Paramedics, and Police, a man has drowned and a woman has been transported to hospital after an incident at Bondi Beach on Thursday afternoon.

It is understood that shortly before 5pm a group of five was swimming at the southern end of the famous Sydney beach when they got into difficulty.

The State Operations Centre tasked two Sydney Duty Officers to attend the incident and provide assistance if required.

All members of the group were pulled from the water by Lifeguards with three emerging unscathed and not needing any further treatment.

The remaining two an unconscious male and a woman required urgent medical care.

CPR was immediately commenced on the man but despite the best efforts of all those involved he was unable to be revived.

The woman was assessed by paramedics and given initial first aid before being transported to hospital for further treatment.

It is believed that the group were tourists.

Today’s incident continues a horrible 24 hour period in NSW waters with the man becoming the second person to drown following the death of a man at Bellinger on the State’s North Coast on Wednesday.

An investigation into the incident at Bondi will be launched with a report to be prepared for the coroner.

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.


Thursday 2 March 2017