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Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District are reminding the public to be safe while swimming in the surf as the past four days have seen two women and a man get into difficulty while swimming in the surf in the Byron Bay area. In each case they were rescued with the assistance of Surf Lifesaving NSW, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, bystanders and local police.

A 69-year old woman from Rose Bay and a 66-year old Victorian man remain at Gold Coast University Hospital in critical conditions. A 41-year old woman from Lismore remains in a critical condition in the Tweed Heads Hospital.

Chief Inspector Matthew Kehoe from Tweed/Byron Police District said it’s a timely reminder for everyone entering the water to be careful and swim within their capabilities.

‘Don’t take unnecessary risks in the water,’ he said in a press release. ‘Take note of the swell and be aware of rips and beach conditions.

‘Where possible people need to swim between the flags.’

Insp Kehoe also reminded swimmers that there is safety in numbers;. ‘If possible swim with a friend or a group,’ he said. ‘We encourage everyone to enjoy the beach and the lifestyle it offers, but we want everyone entering the water to return to the beach safely.

‘Our thoughts are with these three families at this terrible time’.

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