Police and surf life savers were called to an incident involving snorkellers at Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, on Friday.

At approximately 4pm on Friday December 31, 2010, NSW Police and Emergency services notified Surf Life Saving of an incident involving three people snorkelling off Wategos Beach at Byron Bay.

The initial report was of three males on holidays from Sydney, aged in their mid-30s, who were snorkelling off Wategos Beach. All three had been swept out to sea after being caught in the strong currents.
Two of the males were swept onto the rocks, and were assisted by lifeguards back to Wategos Beach. However, the third person was still reported as being in the water.
Surf Life Saving’s Duty Officer and Australian Lifeguard Services commenced a search of the area on jet skis and managed to locate the third male approximately 1.5 kilometres off shore. He was rescued and transported back to the beach.
The two males who made it back to the rocks were treated for cuts and lacerations as well as mild exhaustion.
The Westpac Life Saver Helicopter was also dispatched from Lismore, as well as NSW Ambulance.
“Always remember: ‘swim between the flags’, and if you require emergency assistance always call 000,” ASurf Life Saving spokesman said.