Search for Kiama man who saved a life

Ambulance officials are keen to get in touch with a shy hero who saved the life of a man in the waters off Kiama this morning.

The incident happened just before 9am in Storm Bay, immediately south of the famed Kiama Blowhole.

Near drowning at the Kiama Blowhole

A 65-year-old man was snorkelling in the bay when it is understood that he ingested  some water and lost consciousness.

He was in the water with a friend, who quickly dragged him to the shore.

The anonymous hero saw the situation and raced down to assist, starting CPR on the 65-year-old man.

An off-duty ambulance paramedic who lived nearby and was taking his children for a swim happened to arrive on the scene and took over the administering of CPR.

Together they were able to help the man regain consciousness.

An Ambulance Media spokeswoman said that paramedic told the hero his awareness and CPR skills had undoubtedly saved the man’s life.

He suggested the man stick around but, after the ambulance officers arrived, he appears to have quietly slipped away.

The 65-year-old snorkeller was assessed by a doctor from the ambulance rescue helicopter before being taken by road to Wollongong Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

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