Woman dies after trying to save boy near Fingal lighthouse
A WOMAN who tried to help a boy out of the water at Fingal Head has died.
Shortly before 5pm Saturday, a boy, 9, was swept from the rocks and into the sea near the Fingal Lighthouse.
The 26-year-old woman entered the water to try to help him, but after several minutes she found herself in trouble.
Two male bystanders then swam to the woman and boy, to help them.
When a Tweed/Byron Local Area Command police officer arrived, they swam 100m to help the boy back to the beach.
Witnesses stayed with the woman, who had lost consciousness, until a Surf Life Saving boat arrived and returned her to the beach.
On the beach, police and paramedics began CPR on the woman.
She was transported to Tweed Hospital, where she dies later that night.
The boy, who was uninjured, was taken to Tweed Hospital for examination.
Police initially reported the woman may have been a relative of the boy, but have since confirmed that was not the case.
Investigations into the incident are ongoing and a report will be prepared for the coroner.