Man dies in freak bodyboarding accident after being pulled unconscious from the surf
- A man has died after hitting a sand bar while bodyboarding on the Gold Coast
- Beachgoers pulled the man from the surf about 9am on Wednesday
- Lifeguards and paramedics attempted to resuscitate the man aged in his 50s
A man has died in the surf after hitting a sand bank while bodyboarding at a Gold Coast beach.
The man, aged in his 50s, was pulled from the surf at Coolangatta about 9am on Wednesday after bystanders noticed he appeared to be unconscious.
Lifeguards and paramedics worked to resuscitate the man on the sand but he could not be revived.
Coolangatta Beach (pictured) is one of the most popular on the Gold Coast and was opened between patrolled areas on Wednesday
Queensland Ambulance Gold Coast Senior Operations Supervisor Adam Flory said the man appeared to have been boogie boarding at Greenmount Beach when he hit a sand bar.
‘We had some bystanders that saw the incident occur who immediately reacted and pulled him out of the water and then were assisted by Gold Coast City Council lifeguards,’ Mr Florey said.
NSW Ambulance and Queensland Ambulance officers also tried to revive the man and police were called to the scene.
Ex-tropical cyclone Seth has been causing wild surf on the Queensland coast in recent days with Surf Lifesaving Queensland closing multiple beaches.
Coolangatta beach was one of a few opened on the Gold Coast on Wednesday between flagged patrol areas.
Beaches on the nothern part of the Gold Coast remain closed after being hit with king tides and waves as high as six metres.
Gold Coast City Council said it would reassess opening northern beaches after 12pm when a 1.9m high tides recedes.
Council bulldozers are expected to begin repairing damage to beaches caused by the huge swells from Thursday.