Police praised for saving the lives of 3 children caught in dangerous rip

Police are being praised for saving the lives of three children caught in a dangerous rip at a beach in NSW.

Around 6.00pm yesterday, two 15-year-old girls and a 9-year-old boy were swimming at Caves Beach when they came into serious trouble after becoming caught in a rip.

A 47-year-old man, who is the father of the boy and one of the girls, ran into the water in an attempt to save the trio, however he also became caught in the rip and was dragged about 70 meters out from shore.


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About 15 minutes later, a witness contacted triple zero after spotting the four struggling in the water.

Two senior constables borrowed two body boards from members of the public and were able to successfully reach the children and tow them back to shore.

The father managed to make his own way back safely.

Inspector Darryn Cox, from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command, praised the officer’s actions.

“The children in particular were exhausted by the time officers reached them. These police without a doubt saved their lives.

“We will be requesting formal recognition of the officer’s actions,” Inspector Cox said.