A multi-service rescue operation was mounted at Manly to assist a woman who had collapsed on a boat offshore.

Concerns were raised in Manly just after midday today (Saturday, 20 November) as a high visibility rescue operation was mounted to save the woman in her 20s who collapsed on a boat that was adrift off North Head.

The combined services of NSW Police, including Marine Area Command vessels and the PolAir helicopter, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Maritime, Sydney Ports, multiple NSW Ambulance crews including intensive care paramedics, and the Toll Rescue Helicopter were dispatched to locate the woman’s vessel.

Once her boat was located, a critical care paramedic was lowered into the water by winch from the Toll Rescue Helicopter. They then swam to the vessel, climbing aboard before assessing the woman on the boat and providing emergency treatment.

The boat was assisted back to Manly Wharf under tow from a Sydney Ports Pilot Vessel with assistance from NSW Police Marine Area Command. At Manly Wharf a team of NSW Ambulance paramedics took over treatment with the assistance of a specialist doctor from the Toll Rescue Helicopter.

NSW Ambulance Inspector David Lambert said it was feared the young woman may have suffered a cardiac arrest.

“Given the initial information provided to Triple Zero (000) we believed the patient may have gone into cardiac arrest on board a vessel that was adrift east of North Head, Manly. This was a complex operation to get the right care to her as quickly as possible.

“Our crews worked seamlessly with our emergency service counterparts from NSW Police, NSW Maritime, Volunteer Marine Rescue and the Sydney Ports Pilot Vessel who towed the stricken boat to safety. Team work and communication was key to getting the best possible outcome,” said Inspector Lambert.

The woman was taken to Northern Beaches Hospital by NSW Ambulance in a stable condition.

Images: NSW Ambulance

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