NSW Surf Life Saving - 2EC

Busy time for Far South Coast surf life savers

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Surf Life Savers on the Far South Coast are reminding people to be careful around the water after being involved in several rescues over the long weekend.

 A rock fisher was lucky to survive after being washed into the sea at Pretty Point near Batemans Bay on Sunday morning.

The 34 year-old angler wasn't wearing a lifejacket at the time.

Batemans Bay Surf Club members Anthony Bellette and Ben Ralstone were called to help, although it took time to launch their inflatable rescue boat in the water due to large surf.

They were guided to the fisherman by the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter and managed to drag him into the boat, conscious and breathing before he was taken to McKenzies Beach for treatment and transport by NSW Ambulance.

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That was followed by a call for the Narooma and Bermagui teams to Mystery Bay for a swimmer in distress.

Then on Monday morning the Pambula SLSC team was on deck for four people in the water off Haycock Point after their boat capsized.

The Pambula IRB crew was able to rescue three people and the Eden Water Police picked up the fourth in a great team effort with rescuers all working together.

Life savers have also thanked the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter for its backup.

Images: Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter

 

Cows rescued from floods in Moruya

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A rescue of a different kind was successfully undertaken in Moruya during the floods on Friday (December 10).

Four members of the Moruya Surf Life Saving Club rescued three cows that were floating down the Moruya River.

Former St George Illawarra star, Mick Weyman, was one of the team members on the inflatable rescue boat and said it was in a tricky operation.

 "I got a call from Matty Whipp another local farmer in Moruya and he said 'any chance we can get a duck, they (the cows) are out at Moruya Bridge and they're still alive," Weyman recounted. 

Listen to our chat below with Mick Weyman who was involved in rescuing three cows from the Moruya River during the floods on December 10. 

 "I headed to the Surf Club and we got the IRB (inflatable rescue boat), myself, my wife and Matt and Peter," he said. 

"We headed out and I was surprised they were still alive to be honest, but we started to bring the cattle back to the boat ramp.

"It was pretty challenging but we got it done.

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"Another half hour and those cows were gone."

A cow can weigh anywhere between 400 to 800kg but Weyman said although challenging, the rescues weren't too difficult. 

"For me driving the duck (IRB) was pretty easy, because all I had to do was keep the nose into the current," Weyman said. 

"The first two cows that we got, were pretty easy because they were pretty buoyant and the current was moving that fast that we floated into the boat ramp it was no worries," he said. 

"The third one was a bit harder because it was across the river and we had to go into the current a bit.

 "When we got them out they still had a bit of go about them." 

Image Credit: Marea Stefek via Moruya Mail, Moruya Surf Life Saving Club