Man pulled from the water at Byron Bay

A MAN in his 60s was pulled unconscious from the water last night by Byron Bay surf lifesavers.

Members of the club spent 20 minutes attempting to revive the man alongside the Byron Bay lifeguard and paramedics who arrived a short time later.

The man was still unconscious when he was taken from the beach by paramedics and transported in a critical condition to Byron Bay Hospital.

He was later revived in hospital and transferred to John Flynn Hospital on the Gold Coast.

His condition remains unknown.

It's understood the man was a tourist.

Surf Life Saving Far North Coast duty officer Jimmy Keough said the man was swimming outside of a patrolled area about 200m east of the flags, towards Clarkes Beach.

There was a swell of up to 1.5m hitting the Bay with a westerly current running parallel to the beach.

Mr Keough said the club was undertaking a training session for the NSW Country Titles in Mollymook next weekend when they were notified of the unconscious man in the water.

He said it was a "valiant effort" by both junior and senior members of the club involved in the CPR attempt.

He cautioned people to not swim outside the patrolled areas in any circumstances.

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