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A man is fighting for his life in hospital after he was struck by lightning while surfing at Suffolk Park near Byron Bay.

The 34-year-old was dragged from the water by two foreign surfers who gave him CPR before paramedics arrived at Suffolk Park on Sunday, Network Seven reports.

NSW Ambulance told AAP the man was stabilised by paramedics after going into cardiac arrest and has been transported to Tweeds Head hospital.

The man is believed to be in his 30s and was surfing with friends who brought him into the shore.

Brett Fasso from the Byron Bay Board Riders’ Club told ABC radio they were holding a junior surfing contest about 100 metres from where the man was struck when the storm started.

About 30 competitors aged from 10 to 16 years were gathered for the Byron Bay board riders competition on Suffolk Park beach.

Organisers said the rain was so heavy they lost sight of those in the water and decided to call off the event.

 


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