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Rough seas have meant that the Westpac Rescue Helicopter has had a busy few days in search and rescue operations along the coast.

Just before 7.30am this morning the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked by Ambulance New South Wales to reports of a surfer in distress in waters offshore Boulders Beach, Skennars Head.

It was reported that the male was being bashed onto rocks by the heavy swell impacting the coastline.

Local Surf Lifesaving Special Operations Group personnel and craft arrived on scene and located a male surfer on the cliff above the last known location.

Due to the heavy seas, Surf Lifesaving personnel were unable to access the surfer resulting in the Helicopter Critical Care Paramedic being winched down.

The male surfer in his 30s was assessed for injuries by the Paramedic prior to being winch out of the location.

Male was transferred to awaiting Ambulance Paramedic and Police on the headland.

Cabarita Beach Sunday

Just after 3pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday May 24) the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked by Ambulance New South Wales to reports of two surfers seen in distress 200 metres offshore from Cabarita Beach.

Reports from the location was that large swell was impacting the area and the two surfers couldn’t be seen again.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter assisted local Surf Lifesaving Special Operation Teams search the area for approx 45 minutes with no sighting of the surfers or their craft.

The search was suspended under the direction of New South Wales Police.


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