A woman has been pulled from the water unconscious at Shelly Beach.

Just after 10.00am this morning (Sunday, 14 April), swimmers found a 67-year-old woman unconscious in the water at Shelly Beach, Manly. A boy and his father, who were on a paddle board, spotted the woman and pulled her from the water.

Shelly Beach, Manly

Initial reports from the scene indicate that an off duty doctor was present, assisting to resuscitate the woman. The Emergency Response Beacon at Shelly Beach was activated, alerting Northern Beaches Council lifeguards at nearby Manly Beach, who also made their way across to Shelly Beach.

It is unknown how long the woman had been in the water, but she had not been seen for around ten minutes prior to being found submerged. After being pulled from the water, she is reported to have vomited and started breathing. It was also reported that no CPR was necessary, but she was given first aid treatment and oxygen by lifeguards.

NSW Ambulance Intensive Care vehicle

NSW Police and four NSW Ambulance crews responded to Shelly Beach, including NSW Ambulance Inspector Carolyn Parish. The first ambulance crew arrived on scene just after 10.15am. The CareFlight Rescue Helicopter was tasked from Westmead, landing on a grassed area near Shelly Beach just before 10.30am.

As the CareFlight critical care team including a specialist doctor arrived at Shelly Beach, paramedics were loading the woman into an Intensive Care Ambulance. The medical team joined the ambulance crew and took her to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious but stable condition shortly before 10.45am.

CareFlight Rescue Helicopter landed near Shelly Beach, Manly

It is understood that the woman may have experienced a medical episode while in the water and became incapacitated, leading to her near drowning, but for the actions of bystanders who brought her to shore and called for medical assistance.

Officers attached to Northern Beaches Police Area Command closed the Shelly Beach car park and turned all vehicles away for the duration of the incident.

Images: CareFlight, Northern Beaches Advocate (file)

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