Doctors help save the day in near drowning at Moonee Beach

UPDATE: POLICE have released information on the near-drowning of a Woolgoolga man at Moonee Beach on Saturday.

Police said the man got into difficulty after attempting to rescue his young son who got caught in a rip.

The 33-year-old man was pulled from the surf by on-lookers. His son was also rescued.

In a stroke of luck, two doctors happened to be at the beach at the time and helped treat the man before paramedics arrived.

Hundreds of beach-goers watched as police, SES, local ambulance and surf lifesaving personnel also responded.

At about 4.25pm, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter landed on Moonee Beach with crews aiding emergency services.

The man was flown to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus emergency department at around 6pm and his condition was revised from critical to stable overnight.

His recovery is expected to take two weeks due to swallowing large amounts of salt water.


SUNDAY 10.30AM: THE 33-year-old man who was pulled from the surf in a critical condition yesterday has improved overnight at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said the man is now in a stable condition. 

SATURDAY 6PM: A MAN is fighting for his life after being pulled from the surf near Coffs Harbour. 

Emergency services were called to Moonee Beach after the swimmer got in to trouble at about 4pm today.

The 33-year-old man - described as African in appearance - was attended by paramedics at the scene.

Hundreds of beach-goers watched on as Police, SES, and the the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter also responded.

The man was transferred to Coffs Harbour Health Campus' emergency department in a critical condition at about 6pm.

The incident follows the drowning of two men at Park Beach last week that sparked strong warnings from Coffs Harbour's lifeguards of the dangers of swimming at unpatrolled beaches.

This page will update as more information comes to light.

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