NSW south coast near-drowning: Woman drowns, three other swimmers in hospital after Easter tragedy


Easter day out at the beach turns to tragedy as woman drowns and three people are rushed to hospital after being pulled from the water

  • Woman drowns after group of 10 got into difficulty in water at popular beach
  • Woman aged in 40s airlifted from scene on NSW south coast but later died
  • Surf Beach near Batemans Bay was packed with beachgoers at the time 

A woman had drowned and three other swimmers have been rushed to hospital after an Easter tragedy at a popular beach on the NSW south coast.

Paramedics were called to Surf Beach, south of Batemans Bay, at about 2pm on Sunday after reports a group of up to 10 swimmers got into difficulty in the water.

All swimmers had been dragged to shore by the time paramedics arrived.

One woman believed to be in her 40s went into cardiac arrest and CPR was commenced by ambulance crews, including a critical care paramedic and a doctor.

The woman was airlifted to Batemans Bay Hospital in a critical condition but was unable to be revived.

A woman has drowned at Surf Beach on the NSW Coast near Batemans Bay

Three other swimmers were sent to Batemans Bay or Moruya Hospital in ‘various conditions’.

They included a man in his 40s,  a second man in his 30s and a woman also in her 30s.

Six other swimmers were assessed at the scene and did not require hospitalisation.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Surf Life Saving Australia Helicopter conducted aerial searches to ensure no other swimmers needed assistance.

The beach was packed with beachgoers at the time, including young families as temperatures hit the high 20s. 

‘Paramedics arrived to a very chaotic scene with a number of people requiring medical attention for various conditions,’ NSW Ambulance Inspector Faye Stockman said.

‘All of the patients were out of the water when ambulance crews arrived and three members of the public were attempting CPR on a female who had suffered a cardiac arrest.

‘This is a timely reminder of the importance of knowing CPR and I praise those members of the public for doing everything they could under extremely challenging conditions.’

‘It’s truly heartbreaking to have lost a life here today, especially knowing this group of people was likely enjoying an extended break for the holiday weekend.’ 

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