Quick-thinking Good Samaritan saves man from Byron drowning

Main Beach, Byron Bay.
Main Beach, Byron Bay. Marc Stapelberg

THE QUICK actions of a passerby may have saved the life of a 92-year-old man who was pulled from the water unconscious at Byron Bay's Main Beach this morning (Saturday).

The beachgoer spotted the man in the water, dragged him onto the sand and commenced CPR at about 8.30am.

Members of Byron Bay Surf Club and the public assisted in trying to resuscitate the elderly man until paramedics arrived.

After he was revived the man was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital by ambulance in a critical condition.

Surf Life Saving Far North Coast duty officer Jimmy Keogh praised the quick actions of members of the public.

"It was a fantastic effort from the man who pulled the patient out of the water and commenced CPR with help from the volunteers from Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club," he said.

"Their quick response really needs to be commended."

A Northern NSW Local Health District spokesman said the man remained in Tweed Heads hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Topics:  cpr surf rescue

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