Surfer injured at the Wreck remains in a critical condition

The injured surfer being airlifted from Belongil beach on Wednesday
The injured surfer being airlifted from Belongil beach on Wednesday Megan Kinninment

A BYRON Bay surfer who was pulled from the water unconscious after striking his head on The Wreck on Wednesday is still in a critical condition in hospital.

Witnesses told police they saw the man fall from his board in large seas at Belongil Beach at about 2.40pm and strike is head on the wreck of the "Wollongbar", which protrudes above water level.

The Northern Star's surfing columnist, Ben Bennink, said it wasn't the first surfing incident he had heard of at The Wreck.

Tweed Byron police Inspector Chad Deegenaars said the 43-year-old man was knocked unconscious and swept 300m along the beach before he was rescued.

Police seized the man's surfboard for examination.

Mr Bennink said conditions near The Wreck could vary from day to day, dependant on sand build-up.

"Sometimes the sand is built up further out and you don't come anywhere near The Wreck, and other times the sand is a bit different and it can get dangerous," he said.

Late yesterday the man remained in a critical condition at Gold Coast University Hospital.

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