Four people were rescued from the surf at Bronte Beach in Sydney’s east, in what a paramedic described as a “chaotic” scene.
Three men and one woman, all aged in their 30s, were pulled from the water about 7.45pm on Saturday after getting “caught in a rip and dragged out to sea at Bronte Beach”, NSW Ambulance Inspector Ben Morey said.
Surf Lifesavers were wrapping up for the night when the group got into trouble, and sprung into action to rescue them.
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When paramedics arrived at the beach, all four people were back on the beach.
“They were all conscious at this stage and this is obviously attributed to the swift work of surf lifesavers,” Morey said.
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All four were conscious and breathing but “had ingested quite a bit of water”.
Morey called it a “very chaotic scene”
“It was a very busy scene,” he said.
“(There were) lots of people on scene, as you can imagine, (during the) afternoon on a summer day.”
Four people were rescued from the surf at Bronte Beach in Sydney’s east on Saturday night. Credit: 7NEWS
A number of intensive care paramedics responded to the scene, as did both road and helicopter medical teams.
The group had travelled in to the eastern suburbs for a swim and are from NSW, Morey said.
All four people were transported in stable conditions to hospital, though taken to two separate hospitals.