Gordons Bay, Sydney: Dramatic video of rescue attempt of female scuba diver


Dramatic video has emerged of the desperate rescue attempt to save the life of a female scuba driver who became unconscious off Gordons Bay in eastern Sydney.

Despite the efforts of divers and paramedics who performed CPR on the rocky foreshore, the 53-year-old later died in hospital.

The drama began around 9.35am on Saturday when the woman was in the water with two fellow divers and a professional diving instructor from Sydney Diving Centre, Pro Dive.

The divers had been in the water for just seven minutes, with the instructor checking on each of them three times during the short dive.

The instructor was carrying a resuscitation kit and AED (Automated External Defibrillation) device for heart attack victims.

After desperate attempts to revive her, the woman is rushed up from the rocks to a waiting ambulance. Picture: Daniel Shaw/OnSceneBondi
media_cameraAfter desperate attempts to revive her, the woman is rushed up from the rocks to a waiting ambulance. Picture: Daniel Shaw/OnSceneBondi
Paramedics try CPR after dive experts had tried to revive the woman. Picture: Daniel Shaw/@OnSceneBondi
media_cameraParamedics try CPR after dive experts had tried to revive the woman. Picture: Daniel Shaw/@OnSceneBondi
The woman is stretched out on the Gordons Bay rocks after being pulled unconscious from the water. Picture: Daniel Shaw/@OnSceneBondi
media_cameraThe woman is stretched out on the Gordons Bay rocks after being pulled unconscious from the water. Picture: Daniel Shaw/@OnSceneBondi
The woman lost consciousness in the water only a minute after she had been checked. Picture: Daniel Shaw/OnSceneBondi
media_cameraThe woman lost consciousness in the water only a minute after she had been checked. Picture: Daniel Shaw/OnSceneBondi

However on the third check on the woman, which occurred only a minute after the previous check, the instructor found her unresponsive.

The woman was raised to the surface and taken to nearby rocks, where the dive team commence CPR and used the AED.

NSW Ambulance paramedics arrived and continued CPR for an extended period prior to her being transported to Price of Wales hospital in a critical condition.

The estimated time between the dive team checking on her welfare and being found unresponsive was estimated to be less than one minute.

It’s believed the woman suffered a medical incident while underwater.

The dive team comforted one another and debriefed after the incident.

NSW Police later confirmed the woman had died in hospital.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

A female paramedic still desperately tried to revive the women with CPR. Picture: Daniel Shaw/OnSceneBondi
media_cameraA female paramedic still desperately tried to revive the women with CPR. Picture: Daniel Shaw/OnSceneBondi
A paramedic loads the woman into the ambulance after lengthy attempts to perform CPR on her. Picture: Daniel Shaw/OnSceneBondi
media_cameraA paramedic loads the woman into the ambulance after lengthy attempts to perform CPR on her. Picture: Daniel Shaw/OnSceneBondi
The woman was taken in the ambulance to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where she later died. Picture: Daniel Shaw/OnSceneBondi
media_cameraThe woman was taken in the ambulance to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where she later died. Picture: Daniel Shaw/OnSceneBondi

candace.sutton@news.com.au

Originally published as Dramatic video of female diver rescue



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