Community mourns former Wallabies star after tragic drowning, Currumbin Beach

The Currumbin community is in mourning today, following the tragic death of local Mick Barry.

The 78-year-old former Wallabies star was out swimming with friends at Currumbin Beach just before 6.00am.

The group were swept out to see in a rip, with many of the group able to get back into shore.


It’s understood Barry suffered some kind of medical episode, and had to be brought into shore before friends performed CPR on him.

Paramedics arrived at the scene around 5.45am, but despite desperate attempts, he couldn’t be saved.

EARLIER @ 8.00AM | An 78-year-old man has tragically died, after he was pulled from the waters following a ‘post immersion’ incident on the southern Gold Coast this morning.

Paramedics, including the High Acuity Response Unit, were called to Currumbin Beach near Pacific Parade just before 6.00am.

Despite desperate attempts to revive the man, he died at the scene.

It’s understood he may have suffered a medical episode in the water, according to police.

EARLIER @ 6.15AM | There are grave fears for an elderly man who was pulled from the water at Currumbin Beach this morning.

Queensland Ambulance were called to the scene near Pacific Parade around 5.45am following reports of a ‘post immersion’ incident.

A QAS spokesperson has confirmed they’re assessing an elderly man in a critical condition.

At the time of writing, paramedics – including the High Acuity Response Unit – and surf life saving officials were still on scene.

More to come.