Beachgoers warned as tot, 2, is rescued

BEACHGOERS along the Coffs Coast are being asked to heed the warning signs after a two-year-old Gold Coast boy was treated for near-drowning at The Pass at Byron Bay on Friday.

Steve Leahy from Australian Lifeguard Services reported that lifeguard Dan Lollback saw the child in deep water being held by his father about 12.20pm on Friday afternoon.

Becoming concerned for the child's welfare, the lifeguard swam out to the pair and saw the child was frothing from the mouth and was semi-conscious.

The father reported that the child had been underwater and swallowed a lot of sea water.

Lifeguard Lollback returned the child to shore and cleared the child's airway.

A rescue jet ski brought resuscitation equipment from Byron Bay and oxygen was administered.

When the young boy was stabilised, his family took him to nearby Byron Bay Hospital.

A lifeguard accompanied the child and continued oxygen administration until he was handed over to doctors.

The child was later transferred to Tweed Hospital in a stable condition.

The lifeguards also reported on Friday night that seven rescues had been carried out at Crescent Head, plus eight other rescues along the coastline, with 25 people treated for minor injuries.

He said more than 600 people had been warned about swimming in dangerous locations and nearly 100 surfers had been warned about surfing too close to swimming zones.!

n GALE force winds of more than 100km/h lashed parts of Sydney's west yesterday as storms swept over the city and the state's south coast.

Wind, hail and flash flooding had been forecast for Sydney before the system crossed the coast.

The severe weather originated in the foothills of the Blue Mountains and the southern highlands.

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