Surf lifesavers thrown overboard in dramatic search and rescue operation

TWO surf lifesavers have ended up needing rescuing after being tossed out of their inflatable boat in rough seas during a dramatic search and rescue operation in Sydney.

The drama began just after 730am on Saturday when a member of a long-distance swimming group went missing near Gordon’s Bay while attempting to swim from Coogee to Clovelly.

The remaining members of the group tried frantically searching for the man, but he could not be found.


That group swam to rocks where they were helped by members of the public who raised the alarm.

A massive search and rescue operation quickly followed, involving local police, paramedics, lifeguards, surf lifesavers and both the NSW Police and NSW Ambulance helicopters.

Two surf lifesavers were thrown out of their inflatable rescue boat while searching for the man after the blow-up vessel was tipped over by a large wave and forced onto rocks.

The lifesavers needed rescuing and were eventually retrieved from the water by nearby lifeguards.

Thankfully, the missing swimming was located nearby a short time later.

He sustained minor injuries during the ordeal and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Police have praised Surf Lifesaving NSW and Randwick City Council Lifeguards for their help.