- Four swimmers rescued at Bondi
- Two men hospitalized
- Lifeguards who were not on duty came to their aid
Surf lifesavers rescued four swimmers at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach in a risky operation that left two young men hospitalized.
Paramedics raced to the scene on Tuesday evening after reports that four swimmers had landed in the water with difficulty while the beach was not patrolled.
Two men were treated at the scene for minor injuries and transported to St Vincent’s Hospital in a stable condition.
Surf lifeguards rescued four swimmers who got into trouble in the water after patrols at Bondi Beach finished for the day. Pictured are swimmers at Bondi Beach
It is understood that a 26-year-old man allegedly drifted in and out of consciousness while at the scene.
The other patient also needed medical attention after consuming a lot of water.
A duty officer praised the efforts of the trainee surf lifesavers who rushed to the aid of the four swimmers, including the two men who were in ‘serious’ distress.
The pupils cut short a life-saving training session to save the struggling swimmers.
“I heard some screams for help,” the duty officer told the Today program on Wednesday.
‘They (the trainees) remobilized from the training they did. They managed to pick up the four people and basically bring them in.
The incident unfolded shortly after Bondi surf lifeguards ended their patrols for the day.
Bondi was packed with hundreds of beachgoers earlier in the day as temperatures soared into the 30s.
Surf Lifesaving NSW reminded beachgoers to swim between the flags and not enter the water when the beach is not patrolled.