A woman has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after resuscitation at Manly Beach.

Just before 3.15pm this afternoon (Saturday, 18 November), a woman believed to be in her 50s collapsed on the promenade at Manly Beach, directly opposite The Corso. She was in the company of another woman at the time, and the alarm was raised.

Woman critical at Manly Beach

First on scene were Surf Life Saving NSW Manly lifeguards and patrol members, who found the woman unconscious and without a pulse. They began CPR on her within five minutes of the calls placed to Triple Zero (000).

Four NSW Ambulance crews were assigned to the incident, including NSW Ambulance Inspector Mark Whittaker. Paramedics arrived on scene around ten minutes after the alarm was raised, taking over the resuscitation.

Woman critical at Manly Beach

Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command, who were already patrolling the Manly area on a sunny spring afternoon, also arrived swiftly at the location.

With large crowds gathered at the beach and The Corso, they provided assistance to the paramedics by erecting privacy screens to shield the woman from public view as the resuscitation effort was underway.

Woman critical at Manly Beach

The woman is understood to have experienced a medical episode, and although paramedics were able to resuscitate her and obtain a pulse, she remained unresponsive.

She was carried to a waiting intensive care ambulance, which took her to Northern Beaches Hospital in a critical condition with a NSW Police escort just after 3.50pm.

Woman critical at Manly Beach

Update 3.00pm Sunday, 19 November 2023:

A spokesperson for Northern Beaches Hospital has confirmed the woman is today in a stable condition and recovering in hospital.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate

Editorial note: It was initially understood the woman was in her 70s, that has been revised to 50s based on new information.

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