UPDATE At 4:50 PM | TWO off-duty volunteer lifesavers who revived a man found unconscious in the water at Miami Beach are being offered counselling following the harrowing ordeal.
It’s understood a surfer first spotted the 69-year-old man laying face down in the surf about 5.45am.
He pulled the man from the water and flagged down a second surfer to raise the alarm.
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James Blair was that second surfer and told myGC it was an amazing effort from everyone involved.
“It was hard to see what was going on at first, as the sun was blinding, having just broken the horizon,” Mr Blair said.
“Once I got closer it was clear the 69-year-old was in a very bad way.
“Once he was on the shoreline, that’s when the two other men arrived, I presume they were the off duty lifeguards.”
The off-duty lifesavers immediately began performing CPR on the man and managed to revive him on the beach.
“One of the off duty lifeguards had a phone and quickly called paramedics – they arrived quickly, within 6-7 minutes,” Mr Blair said.
“I thought it was an amazing effort from everyone involved.”
After regaining consciousness, the 69-year-old man was rushed to the Gold Coast Uni Hospital in a critical condition.
Queensland Ambulance said the man had a pulse and was breathing.
“Unfortunately I’ve forgotten the man’s name who pulled him from the water initially, but without this man’s help, I’d be surprised if the 69-year-old would have survived at all,” Mr Blair said.
“Fingers crossed he makes a full recovery.”
It’s understood the 69-year-old had been surfing when he lost consciousness in the water.
The volunteer lifesavers have been offered peer support counselling, which will continue for as long as it is needed.
Surf Life Saving Queensland said it’s a timely reminder to always swim at patrolled beaches, during patrolled times.
FIRST at 11:11 AM | A MAN has been rushed to hospital in a critical condition, lucky to be alive after almost drowning on the Gold Coast.
The 69-year-old was found unconscious, laying face down in the surf at Miami Beach just before 6am on Sunday.
Off-duty lifesavers rushed to the man’s aid after spotting him in the water and immediately began performing CPR.
Miraculously, thanks to the efforts of the off-duty lifesavers, the man was brought back to life on the beach.
Barely alive, the man was rushed by ambulance to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.
It’s understood the 69-year-old man had been surfing when he lost consciousness in the water.
#MiamiBeach – Off duty lifesavers have successfully performed CPR on an unconscious 69 yo male surfer after he was recovered from the water. He has been transported to hospital by @qldambulance in a critical condition.
— Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) (@lifesavingqld) February 10, 2019