Helicopter Rescue - Kempsey Council

Published: 01 Feb 2022 03:17pm

A person has been winched to safety by rescue helicopter after falling into surf this afternoon at South West Rocks on the state's mid-north coast.

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews joined Police, NSW Ambulance paramedics and surf life savers from the Kempsey-Crescent Head Surf Club in the rescue operation at Mermaid Pools, just after 3pm.

The male was safety lifted from the water via helicopter due to the rough surf conditions and the close proximity to rocks.

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said this is a timely reminder that calling Triple Zero (000) for an emergency can be the difference between life and death.

The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right resources from emergency services to help you. It should be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance services in life-threatening or time-critical situations.

Updated: 25 Oct 2022 12:51pm

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