Surfer Pulled From Water At Byron Bay

The Australian Lifeguard Service has been involved in assisting a surfer who went into cardiac arrest at Byron Bay on Wednesday.

At approximately 2.30pm AEDT Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) patrol members were alerted by a member of the public to an incident involving a surfer.

The incident occurred around 500 metres north of the patrolled area on Byron Bay’s Main Beach in the vicinity of the wreck.

The middle aged male was found floating face-down and unconscious by fellow surfers and was brought to shore by the group who immediately commenced CPR.

Once they arrived at the location, the lifeguards took over CPR and informed the NSW Surf Life Saving Operations Centre. Paramedics and police attended the scene where the resuscitation efforts were ongoing.

After intense CPR efforts, a faint pulse was detected and the patient was stabilised before being airlifted to hospital.

ALS Northern Coordinator Scott McCartney praised the efforts of everyone involved with the incident.

“While it is still too early to know whether this incident will have a positive outcome, the professionalism and efforts demonstrated by the lifeguards, members of the public and emergency responders have given the man the best possible chance.

“The swell was not particularly dangerous today, but with heavy conditions forecast for the next two days it’s important that everyone knows their limits,” McCartney said.

The man’s next of kin were not present at the beach and it is unknown if he is a local or a tourist.

He remains in hospital on the Gold Coast in a critical condition.

Wed 4 Feb 2015