Reality Check For Foreign Tourists Swimming At South West Rocks

The pair saved by local surfers


Mid North Coast Newsroom

26 February 2019

Mid North Coast Newsroom

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Two men were rescued after being caught in a rip on the western end of Horseshoe Bay, South West Rocks, on Sunday afternoon at approximately 3.30pm.

A 28 year old Turkish national and a 27 year old Chinese national were visiting for the weekend from Sydney.

After entering the water a rip took the men north with the 4 meter swell smashing them back onto the headland.

Local surfers were the first responders to the men, paddling them around onto Back Beach.

Volunteer lifesavers from South West Rocks Surf Life Saving Club were on hand to launch the IRB and transport the men to the waiting Ambulance at Back Creek.

One man was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital for further treatment and has since been discharged.

It was was an impressive joint effort from community members who were able to save the lives of both men.

The incident came just a week after another 2 foreign tourists were lost at Shelley Beach, presumably after going for a swim.

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