More than 1600 brace icy conditions for Ocean Swim Classic

COMPETITORS from all over Australia and all ages lined up for the 27th Annual Byron Bay Property Sales Ocean Swim Classic on Sunday.

Presented by the Byron Bay Winter Whales, the 2.5 km course from Wategos to Main Beach was run in brilliant sunshine but a westerly chop made it hard going for competitors.

The shorter Ky Hurst Mini Swim from Clarks Beach to Main Beach was also run.

A total of 1631 competitors signed on for both races.

While the sun was out,a powerful cold front surged across southeastern Australia over the weekend seeing the mercury plummet.

Byron Bay was an icy 11C yesterday, and today Alstonville, Ballina and Lismore will experience chilly morning temperatures of 9C. 

One man competing in the event was rescued by two fellow competitors after he was found unconscious in the water about 10.30am.

Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club members performed CPR on the man and then used the automated external defibrillator.

The unconscious man was taken to Byron Hospital before being transferred by ambulance to Tweed Hospital, a SLSC spokesperson said.

The 27th annual Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic gets underway.
The 27th annual Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic gets underway. CHRISTIAN MORROW

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