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Despite the best efforts of local lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service and other emergency responders a man was unable to revived after getting into difficulty at Frazer Park on the state’s Central Coast.

At around 3pm on Sunday a member of the public noticed two men in difficulty in what was a strong rip current approximately 300 metres north of the patrolled area at Frazer Park Beach.

It is understood that the two distressed swimmers were brothers aged in their 20s holidaying in the area. The witness called police and then flagged down another passerby to alert the lifeguards to the unfolding incident.

A jet ski was launched within minutes while the lifeguard’s partner raced into the water with a rescue board.

The State Operations Centre tasked Catherine Hill Bay SLSC (the closest patrolling club to the scene) to be on standby for additional support, while Duty Officers also raced to the area.

One of the brothers was pulled out of the water on the rescue board but he had gone into shock, and later required assessment by the attending paramedics.

A surfer witnessed the second brother being taken further out to sea and was holding him up until a wave washed the pair of them onto the rocks.

When lifeguards reached the pair the brother’s condition had deteriorated and he was unconscious and unresponsive.

CPR treatment was immediately commenced by the lifeguards who worked frantically for 20 minutes until support arrived.

Further treatment was performed but unfortunately all attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful.

ALS NSW Lifeguard Manager Oliver Munson said it was a difficult situation for all involved made more challenging due to the isolation of the area.

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the two witnesses who helped alert the lifeguards and the surfer who was able to make his way to the distressed swimmer.

“Our thoughts and sincere sympathies go out to the family and friends of the two young men at this very sad time,” said Mr Munson

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.

Sunday 31 December 2017