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Lifesavers rescue another tourist

Little Wategos, the scene of the rescue.
Little Wategos, the scene of the rescue. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

A KOREAN man had to be rescued yesterday morning after he got caught in a rip while swimming at Little Wategos beach at Byron Bay.

The incident, which happened about 10am, has again prompted frustrated lifeguards to urge swimmers to stay between the red and yellow flags.

Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club duty officer, Dan Andrew, said the Korean man was believed to be in the area on a study visa.

"He went swimming with a body board and got swept out by a rip," he said.

"He drifted out and was about 200m east of Little Wategos Point.

"We were alerted by a 000 call, which was made by someone who was walking past and saw the man struggling.

"He was rescued by the Byron IRB (inflatable rescue boat) and lifeguards from Wategos."

It is believed a local man was also involved in the rescue, and had swum out in an attempt to save the Korean visitor.

Earlier this month two Indian men, aged 26 and 28, drowned on Main Beach at Byron Bay.

Two Korean tourists were rescued from the same spot in February.

Mr Andrew said lifeguards wanted to reinforce the importance of swimming between the red and yellow flags.

Topics:  beach byron bay korea rescue surf life saving tourist



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