Jet ski riders airlifted after becoming stranded halfway up NSW cliff

Two jet ski riders have been airlifted to safety after they became stranded halfway up a cliff on the NSW Central Coast overnight.

A major water and air search was launched about 8pm on Sunday after police received reports the men had left Pretty Beach riding a jetski about 4pm, but had not returned.

About 40 minutes later, the two men were spotted on a rock ledge about 6m up a cliff platform known locally as Iron Ladder Beach.


Police said the jetski was washing up against the rocks nearby.

“Due to prevailing sea conditions, Water Police could not get close enough to affect a water rescue, so both men had to be airlifted off the platform by the NSW Ambulance helicopter,” NSW Police said in a statement.

The men, aged 30 and 32, were treated in the aircraft for the effects of cold and exposure whilst enroute to Gosford Hospital.

Officers confirmed both men were wearing life jackets at the time.