Elderly man in spinal unit after Gold Coast dumping

A man in his 70’s is being treated in the spinal unit of a Brisbane hospital after being dumped on a sandbank at Currumbin beach this morning.

Lifeguards pulled the man from the water at around 8:30am.

He was taken to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra  Hospital which specialises in spinal injuries.


Chief Lifeguard Warren Young said he was hit by a wave as it broke on a sandbank.

“There was very small surf on a shallow sandbank and it looks like he may have gone forward onto the sandbank,” he said.

“He suffered a spinal injury and our lifeguards stabilised him until paramedics arrived.”