Church Point wharf: man found in water clinging to rope

 

Source: Manly daily

A man — whose body temperature had plummeted to a potentially life-threatening 26 degrees — has been found clinging to a rope in water off a northern beaches wharf. He was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious condition.

The Church Point Wharf where a fully-clothed man, 74, was found in the water clinging to a rope. He is now in Royal North Shore Hospital being treated for hypothermia. File picture: Adam Yip

The Church Point Wharf where a fully-clothed man, 74, was found in the water clinging to a rope. He is now in Royal North Shore Hospital being treated for hypothermia. File picture: Adam Yip

An elderly man was rescued from the water after clinging for hours to a rope at the end of a remote wharf on the northern beaches.

The 74-year-old man’s body temperature had plummeted to a potentially life-threatening 26 degrees before he was discovered in Pittwater at 2am today.

Police found the nearly unconscious partially-submerged man hanging on to the rope at the Church Point ferry wharf after a person called triple-0 after hearing moaning.

Police are not yet sure how the man ended up in the water off the Church Point ferry wharf. File picture: Martin Lange

Police are not yet sure how the man ended up in the water off the Church Point ferry wharf. File picture: Martin Lange

The fully-clothed man, who has been identified as a resident of Elanora Heights, was not able to tell officers how he ended up in the water.
He was wearing work boots, tracksuit pants, a T-shirt and a long-sleeved top.

Intensive care ambulance paramedics were called to treat the man for hypothermia. Paramedics told police the man’s temperature had dropped to 26C.

While the water temperature around Sydney is now about 22C, the minimum air temperature recorded at nearby Mona Vale this morning was 9C.

Hypothermia is caused when a person is exposed to cold air, water, wind, or rain and occurs once the body temperature falls below 35C. Normal body temperature is 37C.

The man was found by police after a witness reported hearing moaning coming from near the Church Point ferry wharf. File picture: Martin Lange

The man was found by police after a witness reported hearing moaning coming from near the Church Point ferry wharf. File picture: Martin Lange

Left untreated, hypothermia can lead to complete heart and respiratory system failure and eventually, death.

The man was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious condition.

Police said at about 1am on Wednesday a man, 50, understood to be sleeping on a moored boat, woke up and heard groaning coming from the vicinity of the wharf used by the ferry to nearby Scotland Island.

A police spokesman said the man, from Oran Park, searched for the source of the moans, but could not find anybody.

“The witness called police and three car crews arrived at the Church Point commuter ferry wharf,” the spokesman said.

“At about 1.50am police searching the wharf determined that the groans appeared to be coming from one of the boats on the water, but shortly after police located a 74-year old-man at the end of the wharf.

“The man was fully clothed and clinging to a rope attached to the wharf.”

The man was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital at St Leonards in serious condition. Picture: Julian Andrews).

The man was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital at St Leonards in serious condition. Picture: Julian Andrews).

Officer pulled the barely-conscious man out of the water and on to the wharf where he was treated by two ambulance crews.

“We are not sure yet how the man entered the water or what he was doing at the location,” the police spokesman said.

The man is now in a stable condition in hospital.



 

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