One of the men being assisted by emergency services after being caught in a rip at the southern end of Bondi Beach. Picture: Dylan Robinson
One of the men being assisted by emergency services after being caught in a rip at the southern end of Bondi Beach. Picture: Dylan Robinson

Man critical after Bondi swim

A MAN is fighting for his life in hospital after he and two others were pulled from the water at Sydney's Bondi Beach.

Emergency workers were called to the southern end of the beach just before 7.30pm on Wednesday.

Police said officers arrived to find members of the public performing CPR on a 21-year-old man.

Police were told two 20-year-old men he was swimming with were also rescued and have been released from hospital.

It is believed the swimmers were caught in a notorious rip below Bondi Icebergs restaurant.

Four crews including a medical team and a helicopter attended the scene and worked to stabilise the older man, while hundreds of onlookers watched on in horror.

Paramedics moved the man from the beach to a waiting ambulance. Picture: Dylan Robinson
Paramedics moved the man from the beach to a waiting ambulance. Picture: Dylan Robinson

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said that the man was in cardiac arrest while being loaded into the ambulance.

He is currently in St Vincent's Hospital in a critical condition.

There have been 19 drowning deaths this summer in NSW, and 62 around the country.

Bondi Lifeguards try to resuscitate a person pulled from the water at Bondi Beach. Picture: Henry Lynch
Bondi Lifeguards try to resuscitate a person pulled from the water at Bondi Beach. Picture: Henry Lynch

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