Firefighter lowered to rescue man trapped on ledge above Mermaid Pool - Video - Tahmoor

Published: 14 Nov 2022 09:15pm

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) specialists have teamed up with NSW Ambulance Special Casualty Access Team (SCAT) paramedics to reach a man, trapped on a ledge by floodwaters today at Tahmoor, south-west of Sydney.

The 20-year-old man found himself stranded on rocks above Mermaid Pool, around 3.30pm.

He was unable to climb the rock face to safety due to fast-moving floodwaters.

Special FRNSW Heavy Rescue experts joined the SCAT paramedics, NSW Police and the Rural Fire Service at the scene.

The emergency services set-up a rope hauling system and lowered a FRNSW firefighter to the swimmer.

A life jacket was fitted to the man before he was lifted to the top of the cliff, uninjured but possibly suffering light hypothermia.

Video of the rescue operation can be found here: [external link]

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:13pm

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Details about this incident may change and should not be used as emergency information and/or advice.

For all life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000)

For flood information, warnings or requests for non-life threatening assistance, call the SES on 132 500 or visit the NSW State Emergency Service website here. [external link].

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