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Man remains in critical condition after Woonona surf rescue on Saturday

A MAN remains in a critical condition after three people were pulled from the surf, north of Collins Point, Woonona yesterday.

About 3.30pm on Saturday (January 15, 2022), emergency services were called to the beach fronting Ocean Park after reports three people were seen struggling in a rip about 100m offshore.

The swimmers were brought to shore by witnesses, where they were treated by Surf Life Savers and other onlookers before police and NSW Ambulance paramedics arrived.

A 22-year-old man was taken to Wollongong hospital in a critical condition. The other swimmers – a 21-year-old man and 22-year-old woman – were also taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Wollongong police are investigating the incident and are reminding people to exercise caution when swimming in the surf.

Police urge all those around waterways to remember these simple tips:

– If you cannot swim, do not go into the water

– Only swim in waterways that are patrolled – swim between the red and yellow flags and always listen to advice from lifeguards

– Wear a life jacket, whether you are on a boat or out fishing

– Be aware of all conditions – water conditions and the weather are unpredictable. Be mindful of rips and changes and do not swim at night.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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