A woman in her twenties is in a stable condition after a complex rescue operation responded to a distress call from a chartered vessel in Manly this afternoon.
Just after midday today 20 November, NSW Ambulance responded to reports a woman, believed to be in her 20s, had collapsed on board a boat off North Head, Manly.
Several ambulance crews including Intensive Care and Special Operations Paramedics were deployed to Manly Wharf.
The Toll Rescue Helicopter was sent to the scene and a Critical Care paramedic was winched into the water before swimming onto the boat. It landed at Manly Oval.
A Critical Care paramedic assessed and treated the patient before the boat she was on – a chartered fishing vessel called Susannah – was towed into Manly Wharf.
A doctor from the Toll Rescue Helicopter, and NSW Ambulance paramedics further assessed the patient at Manly wharf.
She was then taken by ambulance to Northern Beaches Hospital in a stable condition.
NSW Ambulance Inspector David Lambert said it was an excellent outcome.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
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