Grandfather saves woman after being dragged off rocks into ocean at Stanwell Park

Heroic grandpa dives back into raging waves to keep his beloved wife afloat for 30 MINUTES after being swept away from remote flat rocks with their two young grandsons

  • Heroic Grandfather Saved His Wife’s Life by Keeping Her Above Water for 30 Minutes
  • She and their two grandchildren were dragged into the ocean from a cliff face
  • Children and grandfather withdrew, but grandmother was injured
  • Grandpa dived back in to keep her afloat until emergency services arrived
  • She was taken to Royal North Shore with spinal injuries but is in stable condition


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A heroic grandfather has jumped back into the ocean to save his beloved wife’s life after being swept off a cliff with their two young grandsons.

She and her family were thrown into the ocean in Stanwell Park in Wollongong, south of Sydney, on Thursday after being knocked off their feet while walking over a rock platform near a remote forest trail.

The two grandsons, 13 and 10, and their grandfather, 71, pulled themselves to their feet, but their grandmother, who is in her seventies, couldn’t and continued to plod in the wild waves.

A grandmother has suffered spinal injuries after she, her husband and their two grandchildren were swept off a rock platform into the ocean

A grandmother has suffered spinal injuries after she, her husband and their two grandchildren were swept off a rock platform into the ocean

The heroic grandfather made the decision to jump back into the ocean to float her for 30 minutes until help arrived, saving her life.

“The man jumped back into the water to help her and kept her afloat until the jet skis arrived and the helicopter crew,” NSW Ambulance Chief Inspector Norm Rees told 9News.

Emergency services had to be called in to pick up the woman using Surf Life Saving.

Paramedics were able to pull the couple out of the water, but the grandmother suffered back and neck injuries and had to be hoisted into the helicopter before being flown to Royal North Shore hospital.

The youngest grandchild, Will, said he felt himself slipping before hitting two rocks when he and his family were dragged into the ocean.

His brother commented, “It was so scary.”

The family was walking past a rock platform in Stanwell Park in Wollongong on Thursday when they were knocked off their feet into the ocean

The family was walking past a rock platform in Stanwell Park in Wollongong on Thursday when they were knocked off their feet into the ocean

The family was walking past a rock platform in Stanwell Park in Wollongong on Thursday when they were knocked off their feet into the ocean

The grandfather (pictured) and two grandsons were able to pull themselves back onto the rock face, but the grandmother had sustained injuries, causing her to splash in the waves.

The grandfather (pictured) and two grandsons were able to pull themselves back onto the rock face, but the grandmother had sustained injuries, causing her to splash in the waves.

The grandfather (pictured) and two grandsons were able to pull themselves back onto the rock face, but the grandmother had sustained injuries, causing her to splash in the waves.

“The two grandsons and the grandfather walked out with the help of paramedics and suffered only minor cuts and scrapes,” Chief Inspector Rees told police. ABC.

He explained that due to the remote location of the incident, the rescue was difficult from the start of the operation.

“They raised the alarm from the site by phone but the reception was interrupted so he would give some of the details and next thing he had lost reception,” he noted.

The rescue was also a challenge for the 15-20-strong emergency responders involved due to the 20-30 minute walk it took to get to the rock platform location.

Mr Rees noted that the family were very happy to see emergency services when they arrived.

The two children were reunited with their mother (pictured) and escaped the ordeal with minor cuts and scrapes

The two children were reunited with their mother (pictured) and escaped the ordeal with minor cuts and scrapes

The two children were reunited with their mother (pictured) and escaped the ordeal with minor cuts and scrapes

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