Man airlifted to Gold Coast hospital after near drowning incident

A second person has had to be airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital, after being pulled from the waters at a popular beach in Byron Bay.

A man in his 60s was pulled unresponsive from the waters at Clarkes Beach this morning.

It’s believed the man suffered a cardiac arrest, and was unconscious when life savers rescued him from the ocean.


Paramedics were called to the scene, before the Westpac Helicopter was called in to airlift the man to hospital.

It follows a similar incident on Friday – at the same beach – where a woman in her 50s had to be flown to hospital after being rescued.

Today’s incident is the third time in four days that paramedics have been called to the beach to treat patients pulled from the water.

Emergency crews were reportedly called to Tallows Beach to help treat a patient.