A man has been rushed to hospital after being pulled from the water unconscious at Bondi Beach earlier today.
Paramedics rushed to the scene after a surf school instructor rescued a man in his 20s after seeing him face down in the water.
The man in his 20s was revived after he was rescued in an unconscious state.
He has since been rushed to St Vincents Hospital for treatment after the incident.
“The patient had inhaled some sea water while he was face down and lifeguards began administering oxygen before paramedics arrived and continued treatment, with the patient’s condition improving,” NSW Ambulance inspector Geoff Senior said.
“These types of incidents can happen incredibly quickly and the instructor’s swift actionspotentially saved this man’s life.”
Warm weather after days of colder conditions have resulted in more Sydneysiders heading to the beach to commemorate the holiday season.
Australians have been warned, however, to stay safe around the water this summer, with last summer experiencing the highest number of drowning deaths on record in Australia, according to the Royal Life Saving Society.
There were 145 drownings across the nation, with the week between Christmas and January 2 the deadliest period, according to Royal Life Saving chief executive Justin Scarr.
“The summer holidays are the time when we all like to catch up with friends and family and unwind, but sadly it’s also the peak period for drownings, with too many people not making it home after a day in, on, or around the water,” Mr Scarr said.
“Men particularly need to leave their alcohol consumption until after they’re out of the water. Alcohol was present in more than a quarter of drowning deaths last summer, so we’re asking everyone to stay off the beers until they’re back on dry land.”
The Bondi incident comes one day after four teenagers were rescued, having been dragged out to sea on paddleboards in Victoria.
Two 18-year-old men, one 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old woman were using inflatable paddleboards at a beach near Rosebud in Victoria on Monday before disaster struck, according to police.
The group was then dragged out by the current and drifted for more than 20 kilometres across Port Phillip Bay, where they then washed up on Swan Island.
“[Finding the teenagers was a] sensational outcome, but it’s a reminder to everybody about the dangers our waterways pose, particularly over the summer period,” Superintendent Terry Rowlands said.
“Four people have entered Port Phillip Bay to have some fun and have ended up in what could have been tragic circumstances.”
More to come.
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