Surfer dies in Byron Bay after being pulled from the water unconscious

A Byron Bay surfer has died after being pulled from the ocean at a local break.

Emergency services were called following reports three fellow surfers pulled the unconscious 57-year-old to shore at Wategos Beach about 2pm on Thursday.

An off-duty paramedic and local police performed CPR until paramedics arrived but they weren't able to save him.

Police confirmed the surfer's death on Thursday night, saying a report would be prepared for the coroner.

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Monster waves hammered the New South Wales coast on Wednesday in what was described as a one-in-50-year event.

The swell had eased on Thursday but surf forecasters were still expecting waves of up to 1.5m.

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