Emergency services kept on their toes with several rescues

UPDATE, 5.55PM: In the space of less than two hours, emergency services have been called to three separate incidents on Byron Bay and Lennox Head beaches.

For the second time today, emergency services were called to reports of four swimmers caught in a rip at Tallow Beach.

Two of the swimmers are now safe and the third has been transported to Byron Bay hospital by ambulance.

At the same time, emergency services were called to help a man who was having a fit and going in and out of consciousness at Main Beach, Byron Bay.

Shortly after, a kite surfer was reported in trouble in the water at Lennox Head, but emergency services were called off when the man made it safety back to shore.


UPDATE, 4.30pm: A search and rescue operation is currently underway at Tallow Beach in Byron Bay.

NSW ambulance paramedics received the call at 3.45pm and the Westpac Rescue Lifesaver Helicopter has been tasked.

Surf life savers are also at the scene.

Early reports suggest several people may have been caught in a rip.


ORIGINAL: NEW YEAR'S DAY has started off as a busy one for local surf lifesavers with two incidents involving swimmers in quick succession.

A 15-year-old girl has received oxygen treatment after being pulled from the surf at Evans Head about 9.15am this morning.

The girl has been transported to Casino Hospital in a stable condition.

Meanwhile at Tallow Beach, life savers received reports via a triple-0 call of three people in trouble, about 1km south of the lighthouse.

Surf Life Saving Far North Coast acting emergency services officer Garry Meredith said the party of three managed to get themselves out of the water, however one male needed oxygen treatment.

He is currently being treated by local paramedics after a lifeguard on duty at Suffolk Park provided initial first aid.

The three people were from overseas and may have been unfamiliar with local conditions, Mr Meredith said.

A one-metre swell coming straight from the east is hitting the coast at present, with a light north to northeasterly wind and temperatures in the high 20s expected on the beaches.

Mr Meredith said surf life savers were well-prepared for the busy day with multiple jetski teams on-call and lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers at full-strength.

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