Two rescued off Cape Byron

A JET ski was used to rescue two men clinging to a boogie board 250 metres off Cape Byron last night.

Surf Lifesaving Far North Coast Duty Officer Jimmy Keough who coordinated the rescue said shortly before 7pm the surf lifesaving emergency response system was contacted by police to alert them two men were in distress and clinging to a boogie board off Tallows Beach.

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was tasked to locate the men who were swept out off Cape Byron by the strong current.

After locating the two men, a Brazilian tourist and a Byron Bay local who had come to his aid, the helicopter crew notified lifesavers from Byron Bay Surf Club who were only seconds away on a jet ski.

The men were taken to shore on the jet ski where they were assessed by waiting paramedics and found not to have suffered any injuries.

Mr Keough said the rescue was a timely warning to people to always swim at patrolled beaches between the flags.

He also warned people against swimming late in the evening or at night as, in some instances but luckily not this, people may not know if someone is in trouble and may not be able to come to their aid.



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