A man rescued at Dolphin Cove on Boxing Day, was today Friday, December 27 transferred by fixed-wing aircraft to Prince Alfred hospital in Sydney, with “suspected spinal injuries” a spokesman for Southern NSW Local Health District told the News Weekly.
The man in his 70s, and believed to be local to the area, had to be carried along a steep bush path by NSW Fire and Rescue officers after sustaining a neck injury while in the water at Dolphin Cove, near Tura Beach on Thursday, December 26.
Ambulance crews and police were called to the end of Dolphin Cove Drive at 11.05. However access to the beach at that point is via a steep path through bushland and the paramedics were sent ahead while the Merimbula Fire and Rescue crew was called to assist in carrying a stretcher to the scene on the beach below.
A spokesman for NSW Ambulance said: "At 11.05am paramedics were called to Dolphin Cove Drive to attend a man in his 70s who had been injured in the water. The man had a neck injury and was transported to Bega hospital in a stable condition."
The Southern NSW Local Health District spokesman said that the man had been body surfing and may have been dumped by a wave. The beach is not patrolled.