Fingal Head Beach was closed on Thursday as two people were rescued from rough surf conditions at Dreamtime Beach, Fingal Head.
Fingal Head Beach was closed on Thursday as two people were rescued from rough surf conditions at Dreamtime Beach, Fingal Head.

BEACH RESCUE: Two people swept out to sea

UPDATE 6.15pm: A QUEENSLAND couple have had a lucky escape after being hit by a freak wave in thigh-deep water on the Tweed Coast.

Tweed/Byron Police Acting Inspector Darren McCaughey said the couple had been wading on a sandbank at the unpatrolled Dreamtime Beach when they were hit by a large wave about 2.30pm this afternoon.

The wave dislodged the sandbar, washing the couple into the ocean, Insp McCaughey said.

Two people were rescued from rough surf conditions at Dreamtime Beach, Fingal Head.
Two people were rescued from rough surf conditions at Dreamtime Beach, Fingal Head.

"The beach was subject to large, persistent swells and rips," he said.

He said the woman was able to scramble onto rocks at the treacherous headland, while the man, 22, was washed further out to sea.

A witness unknown to the couple alerted emergency services and the man was rescued from the northern side of the headland and later taken to the Tweed Hospital for observation.

There had been Surf Life Savers on duty on the northern beach, out of sight of Dreamtime Beach. The northern beach had been closed to swimming due to the conditions.

Miraculously, both avoided serious injury.

Surf Life Savers have repeatedly called for swimmers to avoid unpatrolled areas and only swim between the red and yellow flags, particularly after the three deaths at the headland since 2015, two of which involved adults trying to save children.

Insp McCaughey said given the tragic history of the headland, it was "fantastic" for the couple to be brought to shore in a stable state.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter also attended the scene.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was on standby after reports that a young swimming was missing in the surf at Fingal Head.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was on standby after reports that a young swimming was missing in the surf at Fingal Head. Karin von Behrens

UPDATE 4pm: ONE patient has been transported to the Tweed Hospital after being rescued from rough surf at Dreamtime Beach, Fingal Head earlier today. 

Both patients were treated by NSW Ambulance on the scene before being transported for further assessment.

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson couldn't confirm the current location of the second patient who was also rescued from the water near Fingal headland. 

EARLIER: TWO people have been rescued from dangerous surf conditions at Dreamtime Beach, Fingal Head.

NSW Ambulance were called out to the popular Fingal beach at 2.45pm today after reports one patient was in need of assistance.

However, upon arrival emergency services discovered two patients, one 22-year-old male and one female, needed attention by medics.

A spokesperson confirmed the two patients had been transported to a staging point.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to assist in the search near the headland.

The Rescue Helicopter has now returned to the Lismore Helibase.

The age of the female patient and level of injuries of the two people is currently unknown.

More to come.



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