• Police rescue helicopter
    Police rescue helicopter

A family of five who set out on a bushwalk on the NSW Central Coast last weekend has been rescued after spending a cold night stranded on a cliff.

Firefighters and two paramedics spent the night with the two adults and three children (12, 15 and 17) after the family became stuck near Patonga Beach during a Sunday afternoon bushwalk.

Police said the rising tide prevented them from returning on the beach path and they became stranded in fading light, with little provisions.

The alarm was raised about 6.15pm on Sunday and a search was launched, with a police helicopter spotting the group.

Emergency crews trekked through thich bush to take supplies to them. The family was eventually escorted out of the bush and to Patonga Beach boat ramp by members of the rescue party early on Monday morning.

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