Boy dies after South Ballina beach rescue
UPDATE 6.59PM: A SIX-year-old boy who was swept into the ocean near South Wall in Ballina this afternoon has died at Gold Coast University Hospital.
The boy was airlifted to the hospital in a critical condition by the Westpac Rescue Life Saver Helicopter after being rescued by a fisherman and undergoing CPR.
He died some time later, according to a statement by NSW Police.
Police will continue their inquiries and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
UPDATE 4.30PM: A SIX-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being swept into the ocean near South Wall in Ballina just before 1pm today.
A NSW police media spokeswoman said emergency services were called to South Ballina beach following reports of a child in the water.
"Richmond Local Area Command officers attended and were told that a six year old boy was walking along the beach with his father and older brother when he was swept into the water," she said.
The spokeswoman said the boy was rescued by fishermen a short time later.
NSW ambulance paramedics commenced CPR.
The boy was then airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition by the Westpac Rescue Life Saver Helicopter.
The father and brother were not injured but were taken to Ballina Hospital for assessment.
The NSW police media spokeswoman said police were continuing their inquiries into the incident.
ORIGINAL STORY: EMERGENCY services are on scene at South Ballina beach where a boy has been pulled from the water unconscious about 1.30pm.
Efforts to resuscitate the boy are currently underway, according to Surf Life Saving North Coast duty officer Jimmy Keogh.
Both the Ballina Jet Boat Surf Rescue team and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter are currently on the beach in the vicinity of the South Wall.
The circumstances of the emergency are unknown at this point, although it is understood beach conditions along the coast today are extremely hazardous with onshore winds and waves of more than three metres.
More information to come.