Matthew Barclay inquest findings

THE inquest into the death of teen surf lifesaver Matthew Barclay has resumed in Brisbane this morning.

Matthew was competing in the Australian Surf Lifesaving Titles in 2012, when he lost his life in rough surf conditions.

It was revealed a report into Matthew’s death found the fated race at Kurrawa Beach should have been postponed.


While adequate procedures were planned for the event, the inquest was told that an inflatable rescue boat was not in the water at the time of the race.

It was previously heard that the boat was stranded on the beach because there was no driver ready for the race.

Report author Peter Hurrey who presented the report also said there was not adequate attention given to dangerous waves.

An iPad application used to rate the conditions during the competition was also criticised.