Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Surfers Swept out to Sea; Alarm Raised by Terrified Partners on Byron Beach

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Surfers Swept out to Sea; Alarm Raised by Terrified Partners on Byron Beach

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Byline: Kate O'neill kate.oneill@northernstar.com.au

A MORNING paddle almost turned disastrous for two holidaying surfers at Byron Bay yesterday.

Dan Robson and Wade Blackler, of New Zealand, took their surfboards out at Tallow Beach, but were caught in the southern swell and swept more than 800 metres out to sea in front of the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

The pair said they did not realise the strength of the current at first, and by the time they had, it was too late.

"By the time we got out the back, we were almost around the point," Wade said.

They considered trying to paddle back in, but soon realised it would be impossible.

"If we'd tried to come back in, we would have been smashed on the rocks," Wade said.

"We got to a point where we realised we weren't going to get in, so we just decided to stay together and conserve energy."

Dan's and Wade's partners, Amanda Gibson and Lorna Smith, were back on the beach and raised the alarm as soon as they saw the men were in trouble, calling triple-0. …

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