Men swept out to sea

Two body boarders have been swept out to sea at the mouth of the Nambucca River.
Two body boarders have been swept out to sea at the mouth of the Nambucca River.

TWO Sydney men are grateful to rescuers after they were swept out through the Nambucca river mouth on body boards this morning.

The men were pulled 500 metres out to sea by the run-out tide.

A resident at the White Albatross Caravan Park, who witnessed the event from the breakwall, raised the alarm calling triple-0 just after 11am.

Police monitored the situation from the Nambucca V-Wall while the Surf Life Saving Operations Centre tasked local surf club members and Nambucca Lifeguards to the scene.

A rescue boat launched from the Nambucca Surf Lifesaving Club managed to reach the men on the southern side of the river mouth and transported them back to the beach.

Nambucca Lifeguard Supervisor Kale Hopper praised the quick response time from both the lifeguard and the club's IRB driver in reaching the men within minutes.

Mr Hopper said the outgoing tide from the river can be extremely for swimmers. 

"It gets a real sweep going and people don't judge it properly," Mr Hopper said. 

"These guys just couldn't fight the tide.

"They did the right thing though and didn't panic.

"Although I think they may have copped a roasting from their wives when we brought them back in," he said.

He said the summer had been relatively good when it came to rescues and beach incidents.

"Most holiday makers seem to be heeding advice and swimming between the flags," he said.


UPDATE 11.45am:  TWO bodyboaders swept out to sea at the mouth of the Nambucca River are now safe and well.

Police on scene have reported the youths have been assisted to the beach south of the river mouth by rescuers.


Friday, 11.15am: EMERGENCY services are scrambling to the river mouth at Nambucca Heads after reports two bodyboarders have been swept out to sea.

A resident at the White Albatross Caravan Park has called triple-0 saying the two youths are about 200 metres.

Surf Life Savers are racing to the scene, while police on the breakwall have reported that the youths have drifted south from the river mouth along the beach.

A Marine Rescue vessel has also been activated.

Topics:  nambucca heads rescue

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