Two young women have been saved by police and bystanders after going for a drunken swim on the Gold Coast this morning.

Two junior constables were patrolling the Surfers Paradise beach at 4am (AEST) when they saw two women enter the water and almost immediately get caught in a rip.

One of the women was dragged from the water unconscious and was revived on the beach.

The other was rescued a short time later.

Senior Sergeant Brad Miller says the young officers and other onlookers put their own lives at risk by immediately going in after the women.

"Conditions, they're rough, they're choppy, especially in the dark the rips aren't easy to locate," he said.

"Also, you have the combination of alcohol as well."

The women are recovering at the Gold Coast Hospital and those involved in the rescue will be considered for bravery citations.

Meanwhile, the search has resumed for a man who may have been swept out to sea on the Gold Coast.

Witnesses told police they saw a man get caught up in an aggressive rip at Kurrawa yesterday.

An air-and-sea search last night failed to locate the man.

Police say they has not received any missing person reports or found any unclaimed belongings on the beach.

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