Busy summer for surf lifesavers and lifeguards

IT has been a very busy summer all along the North Coast of NSW for surf lifesavers.

To date 127 rescues have taken place, with 13 this week.

Many beaches on the Far North Coast have been closed this week with Tallow Beach at Byron Bay closed on Tuesday.

Nearly 2000 people were cautioned about

hazardous activities including those swimming in rips and outside the flags as well as boardriders coming into the flagged zone.

On Tuesday there were 13 rescues along the coast including Duranbah (1 rescue), Fingal (1 rescue), Hastings Point, (2 rescues), Broken Head (1 rescue), Lennox Head (3 rescues), Lighthouse Beach, Ballina (2 rescues), Iluka (3 rescues).

A large shark at Belongil, west of Byron's main beach, caught the attention of local swimmers, but an extensive search of the area by the lifeguard jet ski failed to find any further trace.

Lifeguards at Evans Head assisted local emergency services and the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter when a boat overturned on the Evans Head bar. Two males were thrown into the water but nobody was injured.

Inland, in Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley, paramedics were called to a house where a boy had been pulled unconscious from a pool.

He was taken to Muswellbrook Hospital but died a short time later.

It is understood the boy was disabled and had slipped out of a flotation device when he was found at the bottom of the pool.



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