This is the moment when a swimmer who is drowning used his last ounce of energy and threw his hand in the air to draw the attention of the surf lifeguards.
In a dramatic rescue in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, these powerful images are a clear reminder of the safety of water before a springtime heat wave and a scorching summer.
The woman was only moments away from death when two men from Bronte Beach took her to safety on Thursday.
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The lifeguards address the woman, using a scam to get to her as quickly as possible
The first lifeguard approaches the woman at the last possible moment, as it looks like she is about to go under the waves for the last time
How to stay safe if you get caught in a scam
Relax: stay calm and float to conserve your energy.
Lift – raise your arm and call the attention of lifeguards or lifeguards.
Rescue: lifeguards or lifeguards will be on the way to help you.
As they float, the rip currents can flow in a circular pattern and return to an adjacent sand bar
You can escape from the rip current by swimming parallel to the beach, towards the breaking waves.
Reevaluate your situation If what you are doing is not working, try one of the other options until you are rescued or return to shore.
While the great swells continue to hit the coasts of New South Wales, surf lifeguards have advised bathers to stay away from dangerous waves.
The rips are the number one danger on the coast of the country: they are difficult to detect and can quickly load direction, form and location.
The only way to completely avoid a scam is to swim between the patrolled areas, said Surf Lifesaving New South Wales.
Anyone who is struggling in the strong attraction of a scam is recommended to "Relax, raise and rescue", in reference to raising your hand to ask for help.
Surfing lifesaver Andrew Reid, who helped save the swimmer, told Daily Mail Australia that the woman was extremely lucky, with a number of factors that contributed to her rescue.
"It had just arrived at 6:55 a.m. and a relief companion appeared because we started at 7 a.m.," he said.
"In fact, we were just looking and checking the conditions to see how we would establish the beach and a massive set and really joke that today I would not want to be outside."
It was at this moment that the swimmer fighter was noticed in the waves.
"I started running and I saw that I was in a precarious place, chewing sets of 10 feet, it looked tiny and all I could think about was how it had come out there."
Mr. Reid said as he made his way to the rocks, other lifeguards were addressing the swimmer.
"The most direct route was the rocks, but as I got closer she was farther away," he said.
One of the other lifeguards, Troy Stewart, used the scam to get to the swimmer, which Mr. Reid said turned out to be the fastest route.
The powerful images show the terrible experience from beginning to end when the swimmer begins to fight in the steep waves of Bronte Beach, in the east of Sydney, on Thursday morning.
The amazing images show Mr. Stewart reaching the swimmer just as he begins to sink beneath the surface of the water.
"I've seen a lot of people drown and I can say that I think it was sinking for the last time," Reid said.
"But then, Troy caught her and stopped her, it was amazing to see."
The swimmer is dwarfed by the waves as he continues rolling and hitting him while trying to get the attention of the lifeguards
Mr. Reid said the swimmer was screaming and in a pretty bad way when his colleague put it above the waterline.
Another lifeguard, Anthony Carroll, was at the clubhouse participating in a Pilates class when he ran to the rescue, and even made a separate rescue on his way out.
"A guy really jumped out of the pond and tried to help, but then he ended up getting into trouble too," Reid said.
While Mr. Carroll was leaving, he noticed the second rescue attempt, found the first man, rescued him and then ran towards the swimmer who was fighting.
A series of dramatic images show the moment when a woman was only moments away from death after being engulfed by a huge wave that lashes the coast of New South Wales
"She's a very lucky lady," Reid said. "I had two of the best surfers in the country on the beach this morning, Troy Stewart and Wally Eggleton."
Both men are decorated surfing swimmers.
Reid said that each lifeguard took a different route to ensure that at least one of them was able to reach the woman in time.
"In her defense, she probably swims there every day, but the ocean is a treacherous thing," Reid said.
Fortunately, he arrives on time and can keep his head above water until a third lifeguard arrives with a paddle board.
Once the swimmer was safely on dry land, Mr. Reid said he was concerned that salt water still had in his lungs, which would have to be treated in a hospital.
"It's known as secondary drowning," Reid said.
"People actually inhale salty water when they drown and, if something is left in their lungs, they could drown in their sleep, so you should go to the hospital to have it removed."
Fortunately, the lifeguards were starting their turn when the incident occurred at 7 a.m.
He said that the woman was extremely grateful once she had been rescued.
"He expressed so much gratitude," he said.
"I took her to the beach and she was saying, 'Thank you very much.' I think she really thought I was going to die out there.
Once they reach the shore, the sheer exhaustion of fighting a raging sea is evident when the woman collapses under her own weight while being caught by lifeguards and witnesses.
"She gave me a big hug and a kiss on the cheek."
Mr. Reid was humble about the role he and his colleagues played in the rescue despite his heroism.
"Today I am a very small gear on that wheel, but the great effort gets great results," he said.
He also praised the entire surfing community of Bronte.
While the woman is holding herself, she seems to be breathing deeply while trying to regain her composure