Two young women have saved a man’s life after he plunged from a cliff’s edge in the Botanical Gardens near Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in New South Wales.
The 55-year-old is believed to have slipped and fallen, almost drowning in the water below.
He had plunged 15 metres from the top of the cliff, when two women going for a swim nearby came to his rescue.
The pair were swimming in the Andrew Boy Charlton Pool when they spotted him floating near rocks.
They jumped in and dragged the man to safety.
“He was face down so I had to pull him out,” Imogen Connolly said.
“I just rolled him onto his side and made sure his airways were clear.”
The man had smashed his head on the rocks as he fell and it is unclear how long he was floating face down in the water before he was rescued.
“He is slightly improving, it was a near-drowning but the bystanders have done a great job getting the patient out of the water in time,” NSW Ambulance Inspector James Porter said.
The man was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a critical but stable condition.
Investigations are underway into how he fell.