Kiama Council lifeguards have reminded residents and visitors about the dangers of swimming at unpatrolled beaches following the rescue of two men at Jones Beach, Kiama Downs.
The two men from Sydney were swimming at Jones Beach when they were caught in a rip.
Local surfers were nearby and rescued the pair.
Off-duty members of the Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Club then provided first aid until paramedics arrived, taking the pair to hospital for assessment.
Council’s Supervising Beach Lifeguard Craig Bowley said the rescue was a sobering reminder of the dangers of swimming after hours at unpatrolled beaches.
“Our local councils and surf lifesaving clubs provide patrol services at numerous beaches up and down our coast,” Mr Bowley said.
“I urge all swimmers, whether locals our visitors, to stick to these beaches during patrol hours, to avoid becoming another drowning statistic.”
“We have some beautiful beaches along our coast, but also some very dangerous ones, such as South Bombo.”
“Please remember the most basic rule, no flags means no swimming.”