Skip to main content

Despite the best efforts of multiple rescue agencies a man has been unable to be revived after getting into difficulty while swimming at a remote beach on the State’s Far South Coast. 

Shortly before 2.30pm on Sunday emergency services were called to Pretty Beach, a remote and unpatrolled beach on the South Coast of NSW approximately 25km north of Bateman's Bay after they received reports of a male in distress approximately 150 meters out to sea.

Lifesaving assets including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Surf Life Savers from Batemans Bay SLSC, the Far South Coast Duty Officer and Paramedics were all tasked to respond.

It is understood that the 35-year-old male had been swimming with friends when he lost his balance and was swept away by a strong rip current.

Once on-scene, the helicopter was able to locate the missing man and winched him aboard where CPR was immediately commenced as they raced towards land and the waiting paramedics.

Subsequent treatment was continued for over 30 minutes in a valiant attempt to save the swimmer’s life, but unfortunately all efforts to resuscitate him proved unsuccessful.

Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steven Pearce said the tragic incident is a sad reminder of how dangerous the ocean can be, while also praising the professionalism of the responding agencies.

“The incident happening in such a remote area highlights why it is so important to be at a patrolled location, especially if it is an unfamiliar environment that you only visit while on holidays.

 “On behalf of everyone in the lifesaving community, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the man’s family and friends at this difficult time,” Mr Pearce said.

At the time of the incident conditions were relatively calm, however the beach is known for the presence of strong rip currents near the rocks.

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 4 February 2018