Holiday-goers hospitalised after nearly drowning in Surfers

Three people have had a lucky escape after being pulled from the water in Surfers Paradise overnight.

Emergency crews rushed to the beach off The Esplanade around 6pm, following reports of a number of people in distress after becoming caught in a rip.

“When Queensland Ambulance arrived on scene we were met with one patient in her late teens being retrieved from the water,” Gold Coast Senior Operations Supervisor Adam Flory said.


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“While we were there a number of other people were retrieved from the water, which included a 42-year-old male and 60-year-old woman”.

The trio was treated on scene by critical care paramedics and the high acuity response unit before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in stable conditions.

“They were holidaying on the Gold Coast, they were swimming in an unpatrolled section of the beach which had been closed due to lifegaurds being off-duty” QAS supervisor Flory said.

“They’ve entered the water in an unpatrolled section and then got themselves into trouble”.

Paramedics say the holidaymakers are extremely lucky to have escaped.

“If it wasn’t for the quick actions of bystanders and local boardriders it would have been a lot different outcome,” QAS supervisor Flory said.

“Being of a night time, it’s hard to see into the water and to see people that are in distress, so there’s a lot of unknown situations that could unfold.”

With the upcoming long weekend, authorities are urging people to make sure they swim between the flags, in patrolled sections of the beach, and to stay out of the water at night.