swimmers who were rescued from a strong rip at Park Beach yesterday had a very
close call say Lifeguards.
couple from Armidale both needed oxygen treatment at the beach and were later
taken to hospital after being rescued by Lifeguards and a member of the public.
we had missed seeing them being caught up in the rip – which was a good
kilometre from the Tower - I believe we would’ve had two fatalities,” said Greg
Hackfath, Council’s Lifeguard Service Coordinator, who was involved in the
couple were spotted by Lifeguards walking into a strong rip in front of the
Hoey Moey. It became clear almost immediately that they were in distress. When
Lifeguards got to the scene members of the public were already swimming out to
help. One board rider was sent back to the beach while Greg Hackfath and a
swimmer who had reached the male person began the rescue.
the initial rescuer and myself got to them at about the same time and quickly
got them onto a sand bank,” said Greg.
man was in a very bad way, and the initial rescuer was struggling with him, so
I handed him the woman and the board and asked him to take her to shore which
he did. In the meantime I brought the man to shore.”
the swimmer whose help was instrumental in the success of the rescue left
before Lifeguards found out his name.
patients required oxygen therapy for about half an hour before an ambulance took
them both to hospital. The man was still in a serious condition and appeared to
have ingested/inhaled a significant amount of water, while his female companion
was in shock.
“This incident is a very timely reminder of
the number one golden rule - always swim between the red and yellow flag on
patrolled beaches. No flags = No swim,” said Greg.
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