Hero cop and local man praised for saving woman, two children washed off rocks in NSW

An off-duty police officer and a local man are being hailed as heroes after saving a woman and two children who were washed off rocks in dangerous surf in NSW.

It’s understood the eight-year-old boy, 15-year-old girl and 44-year-old woman has been swimming in rocks pools at Ports Stephens around 2.40pm on Staurday when they were washed into the oceran.

Due to the massive swells and windy conditions the trio were quickly carried south


Onlookers alerted a local man, Mr Michael Pascoe, who was in a small aluminium vessel.

He quickly went to their aid.

An off-duty police officer Sergeant Andrew Parker, from the Marine Area Command, entered the water with a rescue board and pulled the three swimmers to the boat.

Officers from Nelson Bay Police Station, Water Police, Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter and Surf Life Saving NSW all attended the scene.

The two children and their mother were pulled from the water with no major injuries; the girl is being checked for a suspected sprained ankle.

“The heroic efforts of Sergeant Parker and Mr Pascoe in rescuing these three people in dangerous surf conditions should be commended,” said Acting Inspector Christine McDonald.

“If not for the quick-thinking and courageous response from these men, the outcome could have been tragic for these three swimmers.”