04/01/2017 2:21 PM AEDT | Updated 04/01/2017 3:18 PM AEDT

Rescue Operation Launched As Multiple People Washed Off Rocks In NSW

14 people were struck by a large wave at Crescent Head in NSW.

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Westpac's Rescue Helicopter was enlisted to help the injured.

A rescue operation was launched at Goolawah Beach in Crescent Head on the NSW north coast on Wednesday after multiple people were struck by a large wave and swept off their feet and at least one person taken to hospital.

The NSW Ambulance Service was called to the location at around 12:30PM after receiving reports that 14 people had been struck by a large surge of water surrounding a rockpool and knocked over.

The Westpac Rescue helicopter was launched to assist in the operation with one person stuck on a plateau along the water line before being rescued by paramedics and taken to hospital in an ambulance.

A spokesperson for the NSW Ambulance Service told the Huffington Post Australia that ambulance officers on the scene treated up to 9 patients for injuries ranging from lacerations to the head, cuts, abrasions and a possible broken collarbone.

The operation comes after 22 people drowned at NSW beaches and waterways within the last month amid calls for heightened levels of water safety precautions.


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