Seaside rescue and fighting bushfires

Helping a man stranded on rocks

Gwandalan Summerland Point Rural Fire Service was one of the rescue organisations called out to help a man stranded on rocks at Moonee Beach on Saturday, February 3.

The man was walking along the rocks when he was hit hard by a large wave and swept up against the rocks.

Luckily he wasn’t pushed into the water but sustained multiple lacerations which were treated by Ambulance paramedics when they arrived.

The RFS crews from Gwandalan Summerland Point and Wallarah, as well as Surf Life Saving members from Catherine Hill Bay, helped the man from the rock face and along the one kilometre back to the waiting ambulance which took him to hospital for further treatment.

The Gwandalan firefighting team at Karuah bushfire

On Sunday, February 4, the Gwandalan Summerland Point crews were on the job again as part of the Central Coast District Strike Team assisting the Lower Hunter District at a bushfire burning along the Pacific Hwy at Karuah.

Other local RFS crews responding included Erina, Narara and Wyee whose members worked to put in a back-burn to stop the fire front from pushing further east.

Warnings were issued to Central Coast residents about smoke being blown southward over the region by the northerly winds, possibly for days to come.

Crews worked late into the night and by Monday, February 5, the fire had burnt out 1,000ha but was still within containment lines.

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