A man has been air-lifted to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition after he was washed into the water while rock fishing near Caves Beach on Friday morning.
Five NSW Ambulance crews and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter were called to Spoon Rock Road, just south of Caves Beach, at about 8.30am after reports that a man had been knocked off the rocks.
A Westpac Rescue Helicopter spokesperson said a paramedic was winched into the water to rescue the fisherman, a male believed to be aged in his 30s.
A Lake Macquarie City Council spokeswoman said one of the council's lifeguards arrived on scene on a jet ski to help with the rescue about the same time as other emergency services.
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Paramedics performed CPR on him at the scene before the Westpac chopper flew him to hospital in a critical condition.
The Newcastle Herald understands the man was wearing a life jacket when the incident took place.
The Herald also understands the fisherman had taken on water and that there did not appear to be other injuries.
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