Near drowning at the blowhole

Emergency crews this morning responded to an incident of a snorkeller unconscious in the water near Kiama Blowhole.

At 8.43am, ambulance officers, police rescue and the rescue helicopter responded to a call of two men in the water at Storm Bay, just south of the famous blowhole.

Search for a shy hero

It is understoood that one man was in the water saving the other, a 65-year-old man.

The 65-year-old was reportedly snorkelling in Storm Bay when he ingested some water and lost consciousness.

Once out of the water CPR was performed and the man regained consciousness before ambulance crews arrived.

He was lifted from the rocks at the beach to the roadside by a stokes litter and was then assessed by the doctor on board the rescue helicopter, which had landed nearby.

Ambulance officers treat the snorkeller at the water's edge. Pictures: DAVID HALL

Ambulance officers treat the snorkeller at the water's edge. Pictures: DAVID HALL

The man was transported to hospital by road to Wollongong Hospital

The rescue helicopter crew arrives at Kiama.

The rescue helicopter crew arrives at Kiama.

The rescue helicopter crew make their way to assess the 65-year-old man.

The rescue helicopter crew make their way to assess the 65-year-old man.

Members of the SES placing the man in a stokes litter in preparation for him to be carried to a waiting ambulance.

Members of the SES placing the man in a stokes litter in preparation for him to be carried to a waiting ambulance.

The 65-year-old snorkeller being carried out.

The 65-year-old snorkeller being carried out.

Ambulance officers place the man on a stretcher before transporting him to Wollongong Hospital.

Ambulance officers place the man on a stretcher before transporting him to Wollongong Hospital.

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