A woman washed off rocks on the NSW Central Coast in the dark has had a lucky escape after rescuers followed the light from her torch.
A Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called around 8.30pm on Wednesday to save the woman who was washed into the water at Norah Head in front of the lighthouse.
Luckily, the woman in her 20s was clutching a torch which a rescue team used to guide the helicopter to her with the help of night vision goggles.
She was winched to safety by a paramedic suspended from the helicopter, the Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue Service said in a statement on Thursday.
The woman was treated by a critical care doctor before the helicopter landed in a nearby field.
She was conscious and breathing before being flown to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition.