Man is critical after Park Beach assault
A MAN remains in a critical condition with serious head trauma after a one-punch assault at Park Beach early on Monday morning.
Police said the 35-year-old Coffs Harbour man was airlifted to a Sydney hospital with head injuries.
He remains in a critical condition as police investigate the events that led to the incident.
Police say it appears at this stage of the investigation that the attack was not random and that the victim may have known the men involved in the assault.
Detectives have formed a strike force code named Satur to investigate the incident and have appealed for witnesses to come forward with information.
Police have been told a large number of people were walking along Ocean Parade, Park Beach around midnight when a car was heard to pull over to the roadside.
Witnesses told officers two males exited the vehicle and approached two men who were walking near the intersection of Prince St.
The 35-year-old was struck with a single punch and knocked to the ground unconscious.
Police said the man's 41-year-old male companion was also assaulted.
Witnesses called 000 and both men were taken to hospital.
The 41-year-old was released from Coffs Harbour Hospital on Monday with soft tissue injuries, while the 35-year-old was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital where he has undergone surgery.
Coffs Clarence Investigations Manager Senior Sergeant Peter O'Reilly said detectives are trying to identify the men, who left the scene in a small brown sedan.
Anonymous information can be given to Coffs Clarence detectives through Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or by using the online reporting page.