Tragic toll grows with drown­ings

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Drugs Scourge - MITCHELL VAN HOMRIGH

TWO men drowned at pop­u­lar swim­ming spots yes­ter­day, tak­ing this sum­mer’s tragic toll to 18 across NSW.

On the South Coast, a 33year-old Syd­ney man, two other men and a woman had been snorkelling near the Kiama blow­hole at about noon yes­ter­day. Wit­nesses saw the man swept on to a lower shelf near the blow­hole and called emer­gency ser­vices.

Life­guards from Kiama lo­cal coun­cil used their jet­ski to pull the man from the wa­ter and started per­form­ing CPR on him (pic­tured), but he was un­able to be re­sus­ci­tated.

It came as emer­gency ser­vices re­sponded to a man in his 60s who had a sus­pected med­i­cal episode while swim­ming be­tween the flags at Boomerang Beach on the state’s mid­north coast. He was helped out of the surf by by­standers be­fore paramedics ar­rived, but he could not be re­vived.

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