A FATHER has tragically drowned while surfing with his son at a beach in northern NSW.
The father and son were surfing at Yamba’s Main Beach on Wednesday morning when the 57-year-old became distressed and disappeared in waste deep water.
Police said the man was unconscious when he was pulled from the water by surf life guards.
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They tried resuscitating the man at the scene until paramedics arrived and took over treatment.
Sadly, police confirmed the man was pronounced dead at Maclean District Hospital a short time later.
Initial investigations suggest the man may have suffered a medical episode in the water.
A brief will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.