A MAN has been airlifted to hospital in an induced coma, lucky to be alive after diving into a river north of Sydney and smashing his head on a sandbank.
The 48-year-old was swimming with mates in the Hawkesbury River at Brooklyn, near Gosford, when he was knocked unconscious after diving into the water just before 1pm.
The man’s friends retrieved him from the water and began performing CPR on the riverbank.
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The CareFlight Rapid Response Helicopter was dispatched to the scene where its specialist doctor and critical care paramedic helped ambulance officers treat the man.
Crews worked to stabilise the man by performing a medical procedure to help him breath and placing him into an induced coma.
He was then airlifted to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital for further treatment.