Man drowns at Southport Spit, his sister lucky to be alive

A MAN has died and his sister is lucky to be alive after the pair became stuck in a rip at an un-patrolled beach on the Gold Coast today.

Emergency crews were first called to Phillip Park off Seaworld Drive around 10.40am following reports a man was pulled unconscious from the water at the Southport Spit.

It’s believed the 32-year-old South Brisbane man was spending his day off work at the beach with his sister when they both became caught in a rip and were almost swept out to sea.


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The man’s sister managed to make her way back to the shore and raise the alarm.

Lifeguards pulled the unconscious man from the rough surf, roughly 1km south of the Sand Pumping Jetty, and worked tirelessly to revive him.

Paramedics arrived and performed CPR on the 32-year-old for more than 30 minutes, however he couldn’t be saved.

Chief Lifeguard Warren Young told reporters the man’s sister was lucky to be alive.

Near drowning - Southport Spit - Main Beach

Paramedics & lifeguards work hard to save a man pulled unconscious from the surf. PICTURE: Alex Bernhardt Channel Nine SOURCE: Supplied