Swimmers in distress at Shelly Beach safe

TWO people in distress in waves at Ballina's Shelly Beach are back on shore and being assessed by paramedics.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said paramedics were called to the beach at 12.22pm after reports of people in distress in the water.

Before they arrived at the scene the people had made it safely back to shore.

Ambulance resources were deployed from Ballina and Byron Bay in case the situation escalated and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was put on standby.

Police were also responding to the incident.