Surf Life Saving’s emergency response system was activated by police as soon as they were alerted that the craft were in distress off Cape Byron.
Using the surf club’s rubber duckie and jet skis, the rescuers ferried all 30 people back to Tallow Beach, and experienced surf lifesavers, battling winds gusting up to 50 knots, then paddled the 16 sea kayaks back to shore.
Two females were treated by paramedics for seasickness and mild hyperthermia.
A Surf Life Saving NSW spokesperson said members of the group were extremely grateful for the assistance of the volunteer surf lifesavers.
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