A FEMALE tourist has been rescued after coming into trouble in water at Surfers Paradise.
The 55-year-old international visitor was swimming at the beach near Garfield Terrace around 6.30am, when she became caught in a rip.
“Some local surf life savers paddled out and rescued her and brought her to shore,” Critical Care Paramedic Jaye Newton explains.
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“She was quite exhausted and required just some supplemental oxygen,” he said.
Three Ambulance crews quickly arrived at the scene and assessed the woman who was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
The near drowning has prompted a fresh warning to locals and tourists to swim between the red and yellow flags.
“There are a lot of rips around at the moment and it’s quite challenging for inexperienced swimmers,” Mr Newton said.
“The surf is so unpredictable and the life savers and lifeguards are there for the safety and protection of people.
“Swimming outside those hours you are putting yourself at risk if you get into trouble.”