Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew members and ambulance paramedics assist a man after he was rescued from the water near Suffolk Park.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew members and ambulance paramedics assist a man after he was rescued from the water near Suffolk Park. DAVID NIELSEN

Mens' lucky escape in surf

TWO MEN nearly drowned and had to be revived in two separate but similar incidents at Suffolk Park beach in the last two days.

A man was pulled unconscious from the water by his mates on Thursday and given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

The 31-year-old from Perth was not breathing, but was revived by his rescuers who had found him floating face down in the surf.

A spokesman for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter said the man’s mates said he was not breathing and had no pulse so they started CPR immediately.

“They managed to clear his lungs and helped him to regain consciousness so they definitely did the right thing,” he said.

The man lost consciousness again before the ambulance arrived, but was still moving.

Two ambulances responded from Byron Bay and Mullumbimand arrived just before 12.30pm and paramedics continued resuscitation.

Paramedics initially feared the man may have had spinal injuries but found out he had suffered a previous head injury in Perth which may have contributed to the emergency.

They took the man to the helicopter which was waiting in a vacant block beside the BP Service Station in Broken Head Road.

He was flown to Lismore Base Hospital in a critical condition.

He has since improved and was taken off life-support yesterday.

The man had been boogie boarding when he lost consciousness and was believed to be holidaying with friends in Suffolk Park.

In another incident yesterday a 30-year-old man was assisted from the water, having got into trouble and ingested water.

Witnesses revived the manbefore paramedics arrived.

He was taken by ambulance to Byron Bay Hospital in a stable condition.

NSW Ambulance duty officer Inspector Greg Powell commended the members of the public who assisted both men with CPR.

“It is wonderful to see more and more members of the community trained in CPR and life-support,” he said.

“It saves lives, assists paramedics and assists in patient recovery.”



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