Two female tourists are lucky to be alive after getting swept around Cape Byron and stranded on rocks yesterday morning.
Just after 8am, the Surf Life Saving Emergency Response System was notified by police of two female boardriders surfing at Tallow Beach getting dragged out in a rip current around Cape Bryon.
Off-duty volunteer surf lifesavers from Byron Bay SLSC immediately responded on a jet ski, which located the women stuck on rocks at Little Wategos. The jet ski then transported the women to Wategos Beach where they were met by police and the Byron Bay Duty Officer Dan Andrews.
SLS Far North Coast emergency coordinator Jimmy Keough said the women were lucky to escape the ordeal with their lives.
‘Byron Bay lifesavers did a fantastic job rescuing these two women. It is very important for novice surfers to take care and know their limits, especially at isolated beaches such as Tallows,’ said Mr Keough.
Australian Lifeguard Service Patrols at Byron Bay’s Main Beach have been extended and will continue at Main Beach 9am–5pm every day until Sunday 27 May.