Scuba diver drowns off Kurnell despite efforts from spectators and paramedics

A diver has drowned in Sydney’s south despite the best efforts of spectators and paramedics to revive him.

Just after noon today, paramedics responded to reports that a diver had been pulled out of the water unconscious near Cape Solander near Kurnell.

Four crews and the ambulance rescue helicopter, including an emergency physician and emergency physician, were dispatched to assist.

NSW ambulance inspector David Matthews said bystanders were already performing CPR when emergency personnel arrived.

“The spectators did an incredible job of getting the patient ashore and immediately starting CPR,” said Inspector Matthews.

“They were remarkable in devastating circumstances.”

Inspector Matthews said despite the best efforts of the public, paramedics and other emergency services, the diver could not be revived.

“It was a very sad scene for everyone involved. Our thoughts go to the patient’s friends and family,” he said.

As summer approached, Inspector Matthews warned people on their way to the beach and participating in water sports to watch out.

“It is important to understand the dangers of the ocean and waterways,” he said.

“It is imperative to have a safety plan in case something goes wrong.”

Police said the man had not yet been formally identified and that a report was being prepared for the forensic pathologist.


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