A woman lost her life, and a child was rescued after both were caught in a rip at Park Beach in Coffs Harbour on New South Wales’s Mid North Coast.
NSW Police reported that emergency crews rushed to Park Beach around 5:20 pm on Tuesday after receiving reports that a woman in her 50s, swimming with a young family member, had been swept out to sea.
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The child was successfully pulled from the waters, but despite prompt efforts, the woman was found unresponsive a short time later.
CPR was administered, but tragically, she could not be revived.
Police have established a crime scene at the beach and will prepare a comprehensive report for the coroner as part of the investigation.
A third family member was also caught in the rip, both the additional family member and the rescued child were taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital for further assessment and treatment, with reports indicating they are in stable condition.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Chris Wilson issued a warning following the incident, highlighting the numerous instances of near-drownings and drowning episodes along the mid-north coast.
“Please be vigilant and only swim between the flags, at patrolled beaches, during the hours when lifesavers and/or lifeguards are on duty,” he said.
This tragedy marks the eighth drowning at NSW beaches since December 1, 2023.
Previous incidents include two on Christmas Day at the Central Coast, two at separate occasions in Port Stephens, and one on the Far South Coast near Bermagui.
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