19-year-old man taken to hospital

A man has been rescued from the water at a beach at Tuncurry on Sunday night, January 7.

Emergency services were called to a beach at Tuncurry, just before 6pm, after a 19-year-old man was pulled from the water.

Officers from Manning/Great Lakes Local Area Command have been told the man was swimming with two friends. The trio got caught in a rip, with two of his friends managing to swim themselves to shore.

After getting into trouble, the 19-year-old man was struggling to stay above the water.

A 14-year-old male teen and a 19-year-old woman swam out to help the 19-year-old man safely to shore.

He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Manning Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

The incident is a timely reminder for swimmers to make safety the priority when in, on or around the water this summer.

Authorities advise the following tips for keeping safe:

  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Read and observe the safety signs
  • Ask a lifesaver/lifeguard for safety advice
  • Always swim with someone else and look out for each other
  • Always supervise children around the water
  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Learn how to identify a rip
  • If you need help, stay calm and attract attention
  • Always wear a lifejacket while boating or rock-fishing
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency, call Triple Zero (000)

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Police remind people they should not report crime information via social media pages.