Man uninjured after being washed out near Sleaford

An Eyre Peninsula man was rescued after being washed out to sea while swimming in a rock pool at Whalers way on Tuesday evening.

At 5.20pm police and emergency services were called to Whalers Way after reports a man was struggling to swim after being washed into the water by a wave.

SAPOL water operations section coordinated the search and Port Lincoln State Emergency Service responded with 16 volunteers involved in the rescue, with Gary Smith of Tumby Bay VMR sending a call out for any vessels to assist.

A commercial cray fishing boat located the 26-year-old Eyre Peninsula man just before 6.20pm.

The man had been floating in an easterly direction and was located about one kilometre offshore.

SES Rescue 82 RHIB met with the vessel and the man was assessed by an SA Ambulance paramedic.

Rescue 81 waited off Cape Catastrophe in case it was needed for a transfer but fortunately conditions were suitable and the man was transfered to the SES rescue boat and was brought to Fishery Bay where he was collected by SA Ambulance.

The man was uninjured but was taken by ambulance to Port Lincoln Hospital for observation.

SAPOL has thanked everyone involved in the rescue.

The SES has warned people to be vigilant when swimming off the local beaches this summer and to be mindful of weather and wave conditions.

People are advised they must always keep their eyes on the waves and if there were any doubts they should not go in and to always make sure someone knew where they were and when they would return, especially when going somewhere with limited mobile coverage.

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