Teens saved from Coalcliff rip by surfers

While warm if somewhat windy weather drew thousands of people to the Illawarra's beaches over the weekend, Surf Life Savers said they had a relatively quiet time with few incidents to report.

There was a dramatic rescue at Coalcliff Beach on Saturday evening when three teenagers from Sydney were pulled from the surf after becoming caught in a rip.

Two girls, believed to be 15 and 16, and a 17-year-old boy were swimming about 5.40pm on Saturday when they were dragged out to sea.

A fourth member of the group and some local surfers were able to pull the trio to shore.

Life Savers didn't respond to the incident as the swimmers had already been rescued when they received the call.

Paramedics treated the teens for exhaustion before taking them to Wollongong Hospital for medical checks.

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson said the younger girl was unconscious for a time and was taken to hospital in a "serious condition". The other two swimmers were described as "stable but exhausted".

All three were able to leave hospital on Saturday night.

A spokesman for Surf Life Saving Illawarra said the sunny weather drew big crowds to the beaches.

"There's been quite a lot of people down on the beach, but it has been fairly quite for us," he said.

"We've managed to keep people swimming between the flags. The surf conditions were reasonable, although with the wind there was a little bit of chop."

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