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Body boarder rescued from rocks at Cape Byron

RESCUE: Billy Swayn from Victoria is re-united with his mother and sister after being rescued from rocks below the Byron Lighthouse by the Wespac Rescue Helicopter. Photo Christian Morrow / Byron Shire News
RESCUE: Billy Swayn from Victoria is re-united with his mother and sister after being rescued from rocks below the Byron Lighthouse by the Wespac Rescue Helicopter. Photo Christian Morrow / Byron Shire News Christian Morrow

UPDATE 4.05pm: BILLY Swayn was plucked from the rocks below Byron Lighthouse around 3pm this afternoon by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Apart from being very cold he was un harmed and was flown back to the Butler Street Reserve where he was re-united with his relieved mother and sister.

The family from Victoria are here in Byron Bay on the first day of their holiday.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has had a busy day performing 3 missions thus far. This morning the Service transported a patient from Casino Hospital to Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane. It was then re-tasked to assist in the retrieval of a surfer who had become stranded on rocks below Cape Byron Lighthouse (see vision). Upon completing that mission the Service was tasked again to transport a patient from Kyogle Hospital to the Lismore Base Hospital.

Posted by Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter - Northern Region on Monday, July 13, 2015

"I got into a rip, but did everything I was supposed to, I swam across the rip but it was just too strong" he said.

Billy abandoned his body board when he climbed on to the rocks and can't remember how long he waited on the rocks to be rescued.

"I just know it was incredibly cold," he said.

His mother has put her foot down declaring that Billy will not be allowed back in the water for the rest of their stay.

 

RESCUE: Billy Swayn from Victoria with rescue crew after being winched off rocks below the Byron Lighthouse Photo Christian Morrow / Byron Shire News
RESCUE: Billy Swayn from Victoria with rescue crew after being winched off rocks below the Byron Lighthouse Photo Christian Morrow / Byron Shire News Christian Morrow

UPDATE 3.41pm: BODYBOARDER Billy Swayn has been winched to safety from his precarious position on the rocks at the southern end of the Cape Byron headland.

The Victorian teenager, who is in Byron Bay on holidays, was caught in a rip which swept him from Cosy Corner around the Cape.

He was winched from the rocks by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

He said he was fine, but cold, and that it felt like he had been out there "for a really long time".

 

RESCUE: Billy Swayn from Victoria is re-united with his mother and sister after being rescued from rocks below the Byron Lighthouse by the Wespac Rescue Helicopter. Photo Christian Morrow / Byron Shire News
RESCUE: Billy Swayn from Victoria is re-united with his mother and sister after being rescued from rocks below the Byron Lighthouse by the Wespac Rescue Helicopter. Photo Christian Morrow / Byron Shire News Christian Morrow

INITIAL REPORT: THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is flying to Cape Byron to rescue a body boarder stranded on rocks in rough seas.

Surf Life Saving Far North Coast duty officer Jimmy Keough said police were notified about the man's situation about 1.25 by members of the public.

"He's on the very southern end of the Cape Byron headland on a rocky outcrop which is probably about 50 to 70 metres from the actual cliff face," he said.

"He's surrounded by water and we have got a jet ski on scene but they just can't access him."

"He looks cold."

The body boarder has lost his board, Mr Keough said, is wearing a black wetsuit and has flippers with him.

"The helicopter was on a medical job on the Gold Coast so they are refulleing and making their way towards Cape Byron," he said.

Mr Keogh said a swell of up to 2.5 metres and a number of rips were producing treacherous conditions.

"He was at Cosy Corner and has been swept around the Cape in a rip onto the rocks," he said.

Topics:  emergency, rescue, westpac life saver rescue helicopter




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