A MAN has been taken to hospital with suspected spinal injuries following an incident at a beach on the Gold Coast.
The man was surfing at Main Beach when he was reportedly dumped in the shore break by a wave about 10.30am.
He was stabilised by lifesavers and paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital.
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The 38-year-old was transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital with head and neck injuries.
Meanwhile, moments later at Tallebudgera, a 36-year-old man was treated after being hit by a surfboard in the water.
Surf Life Saving Queensland said the man sustained a ‘fin-chop’, or a laceration, to his leg and was treated at the scene.
Earlier, two 25-year-old men needed saving after becoming caught in a rip in Surfers Paradise.
The pair were swimming outside the red and yellow flags when they got into trouble shortly before 7am.
The busy morning follows a near-drowning in Surfers Paradise overnight.
Queensland Ambulance said crews “came across” the near drowning in the surf at the end of Cavill Avenue about 7pm.
The patient was stabilised by paramedics at the scene before being transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
Lifesavers are pleading with swimmers to swim between the flags at all times and to take care in the water.
Swimmers are also being urged to watch where they step and swim, with plenty of marine stingers about.