Lifeguards and volunteer surf lifesavers from the Tweed region were called to Duranbah Beach on the Queensland border early this morning to rescue a group of men in trouble in dangerous surf.

Shortly after 7.30am lifeguards were alerted by Point Danger VMR officers to a jet ski broken down off Duranbah headland.   The ski had been towing three surfers.

“It appeared the jet ski has stalled and the three surfers attempted to swim the ski out to sea so that it wouldn’t be washed up onto rocks,” said Northern NSW Lifeguard Co-ordinator Scott McCartney.

“The surfers then attempted to swim into shore and were spotted by vigilant officers in the Point Danger tower. They quickly alerted lifeguards.”

The men were rescued by another nearby jet ski and did not require any further treatment. The jet ski washed up onto the beach a short time later.

The dangerous conditions have prompted a warning from lifeguards.

“The Australian Lifeguard Service has issued a Beach Safety Warning this morning for dangerous surf conditions in northern NSW,” said Mr McCartney.

“We have closed all beaches except for Byron Bay at this stage. It is important that people stay out of the water and do not put themselves at risk.”

“We will continue to monitor conditions but it is likely we will see dangerous conditions for at least another 24 hours.”