Joey rescued from surf

ANDREW Johns was back on the air yesterday after he was plucked unconscious from the surf at Merewether last week.

Champion surfer and mate Matt Hoy rescued Johns on Tuesday when they were part of a large crowd taking advantage of the big swell.

Lifeguard Chad Bower said Hoy called him to the sand.

‘‘[Johns] had some claret [blood] coming from his ear,’’ Mr Bower said. ‘‘We offered to get him an ambulance, but he said he’d see his own doctor.’’

Johns told a Sunday newspaper he wasn’t sure what happened, but he was knocked unconscious and suffered a burst eardrum.

Johns provided his sideline insights for Channel Nine’s coverage of the Newcastle Knights-Sydney Roosters game yesterday.

His manager confirmed Johns was fine.

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