Climber rescued from Gerringong Cliff

Volunteers from the NSW SES Kiama Unit have rescued a climber stuck on the side of a cliff in Gerringong over the weekend.

The 18-year-old female was enjoying an afternoon walk when she climbed up the face of the cliff and became stuck about 20 meters above the rock platform, south of Werri Beach.

21-year-old volunteer Josh Anderson, who has been with the NSW State Emergency Service for 4 years, was lowered over the cliff to rescue the climber.

“She had been stuck on the cliff for about two hours when we arrived,” said Josh.

“The team set up a roping system and I was then lowered over the edge of the 75m cliff. When I reached the climber, I secured her in a harness. It was dark and she was understandably quite nervous.”

Josh then supported the climber as they were both lowered to the ground, and she was able to walk away unharmed.

“It was a good outcome for everyone involved – a challenging rescue but we’re well trained for this type of situation”.

Members from NSW Ambulance, NSW Police, Fire + Rescue NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service also assisted.

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