Swimmer is missing after being swept out to sea at the Royal National Park’s iconic Figure Eight Pools – as another man is pulled from the water
- A swimmer is missing after being swept off a popular tourist rock pool into sea
- The male swimmer, believed to be 22, was reported missing at about 1:50pm
- A second swimmer was pulled from the water and is being treated for injuries
- A warning system for the area deemed today’s danger levels as ‘extreme’
A swimmer has been reported missing after he and another man were swept out to sea.
The two men were on the rocks of the notoriously dangerous Figure 8 Pools in the NSW Royal National Park, south of Sydney, on Monday afternoon.
Both men were caught in a large wave and swept into the water at about 1:30pm, with one of the men quickly winched back onto land with minor injuries.
The other man, believed to be 22, was swept out to sea with the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter scouring the water for the missing man.
A swimmer has been swept off the rocks of the Figure 8 Pools in NSW and carried out to sea
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter (pictured) is scouring the water for the missing man
Paramedics dispatched three crews to the popular tourist spot.
One of the crews is attending to the man on the rocks, treating him for a leg injury.
A pair of helicopters are searching the water, with one dropping dye into the water to assess the direction and strength of the currents.
The coastal attraction is considered extremely dangerous during high tides, with swimmers often bombarded by large waves.
The State Government has an online warning system in place to gauge the danger of the waves.
Monday’s danger level was deemed ‘extreme’ and a ‘do not visit’ warning was issued.
Another swimmer was pulled from the water and is being treated for minor leg injuries
A warning system for the tourist hotspot said Monday’s danger levels were ‘extreme’
‘Do not visit,’ the website reads.
‘You can’t see Figure Eight Pools because it’s underwater. Waves are washing over the whole rock shelf.
‘You can’t get near Figure Eight Pools because waves are washing over the walking track from Burning Palms beach.
‘If you’re in the rock pools you’ll be trapped and thrown against the rocks, before being washed out of the pools and dragged across the rock shelf.
‘If you’re standing on the rock shelf you’ll be knocked over by waves and dragged across it. You could also be washed into the ocean.
‘You’ll risk severe injuries, including broken bones and head injuries.’