STAY SAFE: Lifesavers are pleading with holiday-makers to swim between the flags.
STAY SAFE: Lifesavers are pleading with holiday-makers to swim between the flags. Samantha Elley

Surf warning as man, 71, rescued

A 71-YEAR-old man was rescued from Main Beach at Evans Head last week when he was dragged out of the surf unconscious.

"He was found face down in the water at around 10am on Friday," Evans Head Senior Constable Peter Richardson said.

"The life guard on duty provided oxygen for him and he was revived."

Snr Cons Richardson said the man was lucky he was swimming between the flags on a patrolled beach.

"It's what saved his life as the lifeguard has located him straight away and was able to help him," he said.

While the man refused to go to the hospital to be given the all-clear, Casino-Evans Head Surf Life Saving Club president Ben Redman said this was not a good idea.

"When someone has taken in a lot of water on the lungs they can still suffer from what's called 'secondary drowning'," he said. "This means the water is still on the lungs and you could go to bed and not wake up."

Mr Redman said it was extremely important for holiday-makers to ensure they swam between the flags.

"It's the safest place on the beach," he said.

Lifeguard volunteers patrol the beach at Evans Head between 9am-5pm on the weekends and council lifeguards are on the job during the week for the same hours.

In support of the work of lifesavers, Snr Cons Richardson wanted to give special mention to SPAR supermarket, which sent a fruit platter and drinks to them on Friday.



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