A man remains in a critical condition tonight after three people were pulled from the water near Wollongong.
About 3.30pm today (Saturday 15 January 2022), emergency services were called to Bulli Beach, Woonona, 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.
Officers attached to Wollongong Police Area Command have commenced an investigation into 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.