A father and daughter were rescued in a dramatic cliff rescue at the Warriewood blowhole yesterday.

Just after 1.00pm Sunday, 12 September, emergency services received a call to the Warriewood blowhole at Narrabeen Park Parade, Warriewood. According to the report, a girl walking with her father near the cliff had fallen 3m to a ledge below.

Emergency services at Narrabeen Park Parade near Warriewood blow hole.

Multiple emergency service units responded, with at least two NSW Police units, five NSW Ambulance units including two Special Operations paramedics and an Inspector, along with both Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) specialist rescue teams from Narrabeen Station.

Upon arrival, they found the man and his injured 16-year-old daughter perched on a rock ledge down the cliff face in a position with difficult access. It was decided that a Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter called to the scene was unsuitable for extraction due to strong winds making a winch operation too dangerous.

The Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter at Warriewood Beach

Just after 3.00pm, a specialist rescue firefighter along with two NSW Ambulance Specialist Operations paramedics were lowered down by ropes to assess the extent of the girl’s injuries.

The girl was found to have suspected injuries to her head and leg, which were too serious to attempt walking or climbing out, so the decision was taken to lift her up the cliff face in a stokes litter via ropes. She reached the cliff top safely around 4.40pm and her father, who was reportedly uninjured, was assisted by FRNSW to safely walk out from the bottom of the cliff by 5.00pm.

NSW Ambulance inspector vehicle parked at Warriewood headland

The pair were taken to Royal North Shore Hospital for further treatment; the girl’s condition was described as serious by a NSW Ambulance spokesperson.

Images: Ryan Lagois, Northern Beaches Advocate

Become a supporter

Support the Advocate

If you have the capacity to help community journalism and keep the news free, we invite you to show your support for reliable, local news.