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June 13, 2021

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Sailor rescued from ocean in overnight operation

In a dramatic overnight rescue far offshore North-East of Yamba, Marine Rescue IIuka Yamba volunteers were able to bring to safety a woman who fell overboard from a dismasted catamaran in the dark.

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Bruns massive development

Russell Eldridge, Brunswick Heads Brunswick Heads is about to be hit with its biggest development upheaval in decades, with the re-emergence...

New, different Byron Fresh

S Haslam Byron Fresh is an enduring cafe favourite, right in the beating heart of Byron, on the corner of...

Interview with Toni Scanlon, directer of the play Switzerland

Thriller at the Drill The Drill Hall Theatre Company are about to open the curtain on their latest play,...

Sally Flannery quits Lismore council race

Independent candidate Sally Flannery has announced she's ending her campaign for a seat on Lismore City Council, citing the effects of ongoing attacks and harassment.


Stephen Bland, Wellington, Aotearo I am a visitor from Aotearoa staying at Suffolk Park. On Wednesday I was in town for...

Local hospitals

Danny Wakil, Billinudgel I was admitted to Byron hospital and then Tweed to repair a broken leg and would just like...

Margaret Boshier, St Ives

I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up at the beach; I have been swimming at Byron’s beaches for more than 40 years – and today, at Main Beach, I was asked by the lifesaver to leave the water so that he could talk to me – and he told me that the surf was rough and that there were rips, all of which I was aware of as I was swimming only about a metre from the shore and certainly not diving or catching any waves – ‘bobbing’ would be the best description!

I stayed a bit longer and then noticed that a much younger woman went into the surf where I had been swimming and she was not hauled out of the water ‘to have a word’!

I decided to approach the lifesaver and question him on this anomaly. He changed his story and said that he was worried about the rocks.

I know that I was asked to leave the water as I am older. No-one else in the three hours that I was there was subjected to what I was.

Enough now.

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