Port Stephens surfers, surf life savers rescue five swimmers from near drowning at Birubi Beach on New Year’s Day

‘They saved their lives’: five rescued at Birubi Beach Scenes from the rescue. Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club members and NSW Ambulance paramedics treating the swimmers who were saved from near drowning at Birubi Beach on January 1, 2018. Picture: Glen Dunkley
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The Westpace Rescue Helicopter arriving at Birubi Beach to transport two people to hospital. Picture: Glen Dunkley

Scenes from the rescue. Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club members and NSW Ambulance paramedics treating the swimmers who were saved from near drowning at Birubi Beach on January 1, 2018. Picture: Glen Dunkley

Scenes from the rescue. Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club members and NSW Ambulance paramedics treating the swimmers who were saved from near drowning at Birubi Beach on January 1, 2018. Picture: Glen Dunkley

Scenes from the rescue. Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club members and NSW Ambulance paramedics treating the swimmers who were saved from near drowning at Birubi Beach on January 1, 2018. Picture: Glen Dunkley

TweetFacebookFIVE swimmers narrowly avoided tragedy onNew Year’s Day after being caught in a rip at Birubi Beach, with two flown to hospital after surfers and lifesavers pulled off a mass rescue.

The group, understood to have been visiting Port Stephens,had been swimming about 1km south of the flags at the popular beach about 5pmon Monday when they found themselves in trouble.

NSW Surf Life Saving duty officer Glen Dunkley said there was no doubt that the surfers who pulled the five swimmers from the water and Birubi Point surf life savers who provided immediate assistance had saved their lives.

“Surf life savers from Birubi surf club did an amazing job to stabilise them until the ambulance and other emergency services arrived,” Mr Dunkley said.

“They undoubtedly saved two lives with their actions.

“It could have easily been a much worse outcome without the actions of these life savers.”

Mr Dunkley said luck had been on the swimmers’side.

He said it was lucky a group of local surfers spotted the distressed swimmers in the water and were experienced enough to phone triple-0 and help pull them from the water.

Luckier still was that surf life savers were still on the beach. They were packing up for the day when the call to help came in at 5.05pm.

Beach patrols end at 5pm.

Mr Dunkley said two people were pulled out of the water in a serious condition. Both were unconscious when they were helped onto the beach.

The other three were in distress but not otherwise injured.

Surf life savers from the Birubi Point club provided treatment for near drowning on the beach while waiting for ambulances and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to arrive.

The helicopter landed in the park opposite Anna Bay Public School.

It flew a 27-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl toJohn Hunter Hospital for observation.

They were both reported to be in a stable condition.

The Port Stephens incident comes after a 30-year-old man was caught in a rip and drowned atFrazer Beach on the Central Coaston New Year’s Eve.

Mr Dunkley said it was important that beach-goers swim between the flags and knew their limitations.

“Even flat surf can be dangerous,” he said.

“If you’reunsure of how to swim, then don’t risk it. Know your limitations and swim between the flags and at patrolled beaches.”

The n Lifeguard Service patrol Fingal, Birubi and One Mile beaches on weekdays. One Mile is patrolled by the ALS on weekends. NSW Surf Life Savers patrol Fingal and Birubi beaches on weekends.

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