UPDATE: A WOMAN has lost her fight for life, after coming into trouble when trying to rescue a boy in water off the New South Wales north coast.
Just before 5pm on Saturday, the nine-year-old boy was swept from rocks into the sea near the Fingal Head Lighthouse.
The woman, 26, jumped in to help him, but after a few minutes also experienced difficulty.
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Two male bystanders came to their aid and were soon joined by a local Police officer, who managed to get the boy back to the beach.
The men stayed with the woman, but she lost consciousness. A Surf Life Saving boat returned her to the shore and CPR was carried out as the woman was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital.
She later died.
The young boy, who was not a relation of the woman, was not injured but taken to hospital for examination.
Earlier: A YOUNG woman has been rushed to hospital in a critical condition after being pulled unconscious from a beach on the NSW north coast.
Police say the 24-year-old woman almost drowned after jumping into the water to save the life of a young boy who had been swept off rocks and into the ocean near the Fingal Head Lighthouse just after 5pm.
Two male bystanders entered the water and swam to the woman, who was found floating unconscious, and kept her body afloat until the arrival of a Surf Life Saving boat, which recovered all people from the water.
On return to the beach, police and Surf Life Savers commenced CPR until the arrival of paramedics.
The woman has been rushed by ambulance to The Tweed Hospital in a critical condition.
The young boy was not injured, and was conveyed to the hospital for examination.