Water police save wallaby dubbed 'Dawny' swimming 6km off the coast of North Stradbroke Island | Video

RESCUE: Police were quick to respond to the distressed wallaby, pulling her out of the water when they located her paddling off the coast of North Stradbroke Island.

RESCUE: Police were quick to respond to the distressed wallaby, pulling her out of the water when they located her paddling off the coast of North Stradbroke Island.

IN an extraordinary find, water police have rescued a curious wallaby swimming more than six kilometres off the coast of North Stradbroke Island.

A police officer gets cosy with a lost wallaby dubbed 'Dawny'. She was released back into the scrub on the island.

A police officer gets cosy with a lost wallaby dubbed 'Dawny'. She was released back into the scrub on the island.

Senior constable Gene Hill said police rushed to save the wallaby, dubbed "Dawny", after locals reported her struggling out at sea.

"Water police officers jumped into action and arrived on scene, observing a very fatigued marsupial swimming in circles," he said.

"Officers promptly conducted person overboard drills and a very relieved wallaby was assisted from the water.

"A passenger safety briefing was conducted and water police skipped across the bay, transporting the female wallaby...to the safe haven of North Stradbroke Island."

Constable Hill said Dawny was given a ride back to dry land where she was released into the wild to swim another day.

Rumour had it she was training for the Olympics in Tokyo later this year.