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Swimmers rescued by police and member of public – Narooma

Two swimmers have been rescued by police and a member of the public on the South Coast earlier today.

About 3.45pm (Tuesday 9 February 2021), officers from South Coast Police District received reports two men were in distress in the water at Bar Beach, Narooma.

Police were told the men – aged 18 and 19 – entered the water at the break wall before being swept about 200 metres north of the bar.

On arrival, a male senior constable entered the water with a member of the public and the men were assisted back to shore, with assistance from Narooma Surf Rescue.

The men were assessed by NSW Ambulance paramedics at the scene but did not require further treatment.

A second male senior constable assisted with the rescue coordination from the shore.

The incident is a reminder for swimmers to make safety a priority when in, on or around the water.

Authorities advise the following tips for keeping safe at the beach: * Always swim between the red and yellow flags * Read and observe the safety signs * Ask a lifesaver/lifeguard for safety advice * Always swim with someone else and look out for each other * Always supervise children around the water * Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs * Learn how to identify a rip * If you need help, stay calm and attract attention * Always wear a lifejacket while boating or rock-fishing * If witnessing an in-water emergency, call Triple Zero (000) for police

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