News

Dramatic rescue as mother and kids save teenager in surf

An Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) from Coffs Harbour SLSC was used in the heroic rescue of a teenage boy at Park Beach.
An Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) from Coffs Harbour SLSC was used in the heroic rescue of a teenage boy at Park Beach. Bruce Thomas/Coffs Coast Advocat

A TEENAGE may boy owe his life to the quick reaction of a local family, who rescued him with the help of lifesavers, after he got into trouble in the surf off Coffs Harbour's North Wall.

The boy, a visitor to the coast, was fully clothed and wading in shallow water with his sister when he was sucked out on a rip on Thursday around 12.30pm.

Luckily for him, Carly Simpson and her children Kiara, Oscar and Will Edwards were on the beach at the time.

"Will said he could hear someone screaming for help, but couldn't actually see him in the water," Carly said.

"Oscar saw him about 200-metres off the beach and said it's too strong for me Mum, so I ripped all my gear off and jumped in.

"I couldn't actually see him in the water, as I swam out ... I just remember thinking I am not going back to the beach without him.

As Carly swam to the boy's aid, a bystander ran to alert Coffs Harbour Surf Life Savers, who were facing their own challenge having closed Park Beach due to reports of a shark sighting.

"The boy was under water when I got to him and when I lifted him up he was panicking, he had taken on water and was hysterical," Carly said.

"I held him under the arms and placed his head on my shoulder, I said we are just going to float and wait to be rescued.

"It was so strong out there I could only do breaststroke.

Carly's daughter Kiara swam out and kept the boy calm until lifesavers arrived in an IRB and pulled them to safety.

"He wouldn't have made it had it not been for my kids and the surf club kids," Carly said.

Both the boy and Carly were assessed by paramedics for shock.

Many rescues have been performed on North Wall Beach, at the southern end of Park Beach which was the scene of a drowning in 2009. 

Across the state, volunteer surf life savers and lifeguards performed 40 rescues on New Years Day.

One man in his 60s drowned in the surf on the Central Coast.  

Four people were revived on beaches and lifesavers responded to 15 incidents involving spinal injuries caused by a strong easterly swell shore dump. 

"Our volunteers have been under the pump ... At one stage our State Operations Centre was dealing with six incidents at once," Surf Life Saving NSW director of lifesaving John Restuccia said. 

Topics:  coffs harbour coffs harbour slsc editors picks park beach



Pennant three-peat for Coffs

TRIPLE TREAT: Coffs Harbour's Division 1 pennant golfers (l-r) David Rook, Jack Pountney, captain Shane Cutmore, Mark Brindle, Jack Goldsmith, Dan Swain and Tim Hyland celebrate the team's third straight MNC District title.

Coffs Harbour wins MNC District Golf's Division 1 pennant.

World's longest torch relay makes pit stop in Coffs

The Peace Run team will arrive in Coffs this Wednesday, May 31.

World's longest torch relay promotes world peace.

Last gasp issues costly for Quinn

An issue that stopped Coffs Harbour rally driver Nathan Quinn returning to the service park at the end of the National Capital Rally has seen him drop to third on the Australian Rally Championship driver's points table.

Electrical issues in Nathan Quinn's Evo IX cost him valuable points.

Local Partners

National Sorry Day: Reflecting on testing times

CRANES acknowledged National Sorry Day at the Saraton Theatre on Friday with a film and talk by Paul Dutton, who was taken away from his family as a child


What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Petula Clark delighted to sing live for Australian fans

STILL TOURING: English singer Petula Clark is coming to Queensland.

English star Petula Clark still puts on a great show, even at 84.

Do you really know your road rules?

Cars travel around the roundabout at Villiers and Fitzroy Street. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

List of the top 10 most misunderstood road rules in NSW.

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

The fact is Stefanovic is paid extremely well by a television network that lives and dies by ratings.

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

Khaleesi and Khal Drogo in a steamy moment.

Every set has their own way of filming sex scenes

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

Karl’s rant on Corby: ‘Made to look like idiots’

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Today co-host launched a tirade against Schapelle Corby media circus

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

Sally Skelton and Bojesse Pigram pictured after their battle performance on The Voice.

Sunshine Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Jetty views don't come any better than this

Property Camperdown St

The Real Estate Property Guide is online now

Kids will love living in this new Coffs Harbour estate

FAMILY FRIENDLY: This children's playground is the latest family-friendly feature of the Elements@Coffs estate.

Local land estate unveils newest family friendly feature

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!