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Just before 5pm on October 10, a 9-year-old boy was swept from rocks into the sea near the Fingal Head Lighthouse.

A 26-year-old woman entered the water to help him but, after assisting the boy for several minutes, she also got into difficulty .

Two men who were on the beach swam to the woman and boy, who they assisted.

Soon after, an officer from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command arrived at the scene and swam about 100 metres to assist the boy back to the beach.

Witnesses remained with the woman, who had lost consciousness, until the arrival of a Surf Life Saving boat that returned her to the beach, where police and ambulance paramedics commenced CPR.

The woman was taken to The Tweed Hospital, where she later died.

The young boy, who was not injured, was taken to the hospital for examination.

Investigations are continuing and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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  1. Sad news. Condolences and respect the family of this woman. Although hopefully they can find strength and nurture in the motivations that prompted her premature death

    Is there anything more sublime than to give your life at a moments blink, to save anothers?
    This brave, selfless woman deserves the highest respect and honour. We thank you and praise you, as we continue to be influenced by your noble expression of humanity. You have given life, not just to the blessed boy but to us all. Thankyou

  2. My understanding is she did not ‘try’ to help the young boy, she did help him.
    My heart goes out to her family for the loss of this young heroine.

  3. This fine woman’s family must be grieving inconsolably. Beautiful words above, so right. Maybe the echo could organize a donation account to help her family in this troubling time. We are all blessed by her brave and loving soul.


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