A Sunday morning paddle turned into a nightmare for 30 kayakers who had to be rescued after being swept out to sea in strong offshore winds at Byron Bay today.

Surf Lifesaving New South Wales (SLSNSW) said it took lifesavers two hours to bring the paddlers to shore after the Emergency Response System was activated by police.

They responded to an alert that the 16 kayaks were in distress off Cape Byron.

“Using the club’s rubber duckie and jet skis, the rescuers ferried all 30 people back to Tallow Beach, and experienced surf lifesavers, battling winds gusting up to 50 knots, then paddled the 16 sea kayaks back to shore,” SLSNSW said.

Paramedics treated a 20 year-old woman who complained about seasickness and feeling cold.

She was taken to Byron Bay Hospital in a stable condition.