Tourist nearly drowns at Byron
A 20-YEAR-OLD Korean tourist was pulled from the surf at Belongil Beach on Saturday after he nearly drowned.
He was with a group of other tourists who were in the water at 2.30pm and was seen to be in difficulties.
A member of the public jumped in and saved him.
Byron Bay surf lifesavers gave the man oxygen for nearly 20 minutes and a registered nurse who was also on the beach assisted.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, a man and a woman in their mid-30s also needed to be helped to shore by members of the public while swimming at Brunswick Heads.
The woman received oxygen and was treated for minor shock.
Jimmy Keough, Surf Lifesaving emergency co-ordinator for the Far North Coast, said the incidents were a reminder to all beach-goers to swim between the red and yellow flags.
He said it appeared the Korean group had not been advised by their tour guide to swim in the patrolled area.
Mr Keough said surf lifesavers appreciated being alerted by the public when there was a swimmer in trouble.
Last month, four people drowned in a week along the NSW coast, including a mother and father on holiday who died at South Ballina Beach.
In 2008/09, there were 46 drowning deaths along the New South Wales coast, representing almost half the national drowning deaths for the period.