Man remains in hospital after being found unconscious

Police are appealing for help to identify an unconscious man.
Police are appealing for help to identify an unconscious man. Trevor Veale

Update: 12.49pm Monday

POLICE have thanked the public for their help in identifying an elderly man found unconscious at Brunswick Heads on Friday.

The man was found unconscious in the water just before 11.30am.

He was transported to Tweed Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Police believe the man suffered a "medical episode" and the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

Initial report:

POLICE are appealing for help to identify an elderly man found lying unconscious in water underneath a footbridge at Brunswick Heads today.

Paramedics were called after the man was found unconscious, laying in water beneath the Fingal Street footbridge about 11.25am today.

He was later taken to Tweed Heads Hospital in a critical condition with a bleed on the brain, believed to have been caused by a medical episode.

Police have canvassed the scene but at this stage the man remains unidentified.

He is described as being aged about 65, Caucasian in appearance, 175cm tall, 80kg, grey/black shoulder-length hair tied back in a pony tail with a red band, grey/black full beard, thick black eyebrows, blue eyes, and scars on his chest from a prior medical procedure.

He also had a tattoo on his lower abdomen of two apples with two leaves, and a tattoo on his right inner forearm of a love heart with wings. At the time he was found, he was wearing black shorts with blue stripes on the side.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Byron Bay Police on (02) 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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