UPDATE: THE dangers of rips on Coffs Harbour's North Wall Beach have been proven again after a group of swimmers got into trouble on Saturday afternoon.
Lifesavers on patrol on nearby Park Beach raced to the location, a couple of hundred metres south of the Coffs Creek mouth around 3.45pm.
Multiple ambulance crews also responded.
Surf Life Saving NSW said information received through the Operations Centre indicated that three people were pulled out of the water.
"The incident outside of the patrol area was radioed directly to the club at 3.28pm and lifesavers responded and the ambulance paramedics were contacted," Surf Life Saving NSW Communications Coordinator Liam Howitt said.
"Three swimmers were pulled out of water. Two men aged 19 and 26 had swallowed water and were assessed by paramedics.
The swimmers refused further assessment at hospital.
Two men, aged 28 and 30, lost their lives on the notorious beach last year when they were caught in the same rip and dragged out to sea.
There has been one other fatality on the unpatrolled beach in the past decade and several near drownings.