Man drowns trying to save children caught in rip at popular NSW beach

A man has drowned while trying to save two children caught in a rip at a NSW beach.

Just after 4.30pm yesterday, emergency services were called to Wollongong City Beach following reports four children were in trouble in the water.

The father of the children managed to assist his two younger children to shore without assistance, however the two older children aged 10 and 12 became caught in a rip.


An off-duty paramedic at the beach entered the water and assisted the 10-year-old boy to shore.

Police were told a 32-year-old man also entered the water to help rescue the children, but after reaching the child, got into trouble himself.

A 32-year-old surfer reached the pair and managed to assist the 12-year-old boy towards shore, but the other 32-year-old man was swept out to sea.

Three police officers who arrived at the scene entered the water and brought the man onto the beach where paramedics commenced CPR.

The man, who police say is from Victoria, was taken to Wollongong Hospital but later died.

The two boys and the off-duty paramedic were also taken to Wollongong Hospital for assessment.