Swimmer in critical condition after beach rescues

Four people got into trouble in the surf late this afternoon on Diggers Beach.

Four people got into trouble in the surf late this afternoon on Diggers Beach. Trevor Veale

A SWIMMER has been rushed to hospital in a critical condition, after a group of people got caught in a rip on Diggers Beach.

Local lifeguards were called to the beach around 6pm and helped the group of swimmers from the surf, emergency services said.

All four swimmers caught in a rip were reported to be 300 to 400 metres from the beach before local lifeguards and surf lifesavers attended the scene.

NSW Ambulance paramedics administered medical aid to one swimmer on the beach.

The swimmer reported as being in a critical condition is currently being transported by ambulance to hospital.

The emergency unfolded as the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked late this afternoon to transfer a patient between the Grafton and Lismore hospitals.

“Whilst in flight the rescue helicopter was diverted to Diggers Beach and conducted a search of the area,” a spokesman for the helicopter service said.

“The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has since returned to the Lismore helibase.”

This afternoon’s rescues follow a tragedy at Port Macquarie this weekend that saw a 14-year-old boy drown at Flynns Beach on Saturday afternoon.

Surf Life Saving NSW and NSW Police resumed a search for the boy’s body today.

This latest death comes less than two weeks after an 11-year-old boy from the ACT drowned at Port Macquarie’s Lighthouse Beach.

The Westpac Rescue Lifesaver Helicopter assisted in the beach rescue.

The Westpac Rescue Lifesaver Helicopter assisted in the beach rescue. Contributed

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