Police warning after rescue: Alcohol and swimming don’t mix

A TOURIST was lucky to survive after going for a drunken dip at Byron Bay in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police said that at about 2am on Saturday, a 24-year-old woman from the UK went swimming at Main Beach.

The woman got into distress, and was pulled from the water unconscious by friends.

Emergency services were contacted, with paramedics and police arriving a short time later.

The female was taken from the scene by ambulance, however her medical status became critical, and Wesptac Rescue Helicopter was contacted.

The female was taken from Byron Bay to Gold Coast University Hospital via helicopter in a critical condition.

Fortunately the female has now left Intensive Care, and is recovering well in the general ward.

Information made available to police was that the female was intoxicated when she decided to go for the swim.

Police and Surf Lifesaving Australia remind people that alcohol and swimming don't mix, and it is ill advised to go swimming at the beach at night whilst it is unpatrolled.

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