Byron Bay's main beach.
Byron Bay's main beach. Darren Spears

Life savers frustrated and sad

SURF Life Savers have expressed frustration and sadness that two men who drowned in Byron Bay yesterday were swimming outside the flags.

The men, aged 24 and 25, were amongst four swimmers who got into trouble at Belongil Beach, Byron Bay, about 1pm yesterday.

Surf Lifesaving Far North Coast emergency services coordinator Jimmy Keough said nine volunteers from Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club were involved in the rescue.

"How they conducted themselves and performed the rescue was phenomenal," Mr Keough said.

"They are a credit to Surf Life Saving and Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club."

Holiday-makers will soon be flocking to North Coast beaches for the Easter long weekend.

Mr  Keough said the tragic deaths highlight the importance of swimming in patrolled areas.

"We're going to have a major influx of people for the Blues and Roots festival over Easter so our message to them is swim between the flags," Mr Keough said.



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