Lifeguards bring surfer back to life after near drowning at Gold Coast beach

2:45 PM | A MAN is fighting for life in hospital after being pulled unconscious from the ocean at Coolangatta.

The man in his 60s was reportedly surfing at Snapper Rocks when he was knocked off his board around 10.50am.

Lifeguards pulled the man from the surf and managed to revive him on the beach by performing life-saving CPR.


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Multiple ambulance crews, including critical care paramedics and the High Acuity Response Unit, responded and took over treating the man at the scene.

After crews were able to detect a heartbeat, the man was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital where he remains this afternoon in a critical condition.

The Queensland Ambulance Service praised the combined effort between surf lifesavers, police and bystanders.

FIRST: A SURFER is in a critical condition after being pulled from the ocean on the Gold Coast.

The dramatic scenes unfolded at Snapper Rocks in Coolangatta shortly before 11am on Friday.

Emergency services, including five ambulance crews, were dispatched to the scene around 10.51am.

Queensland Ambulance told myGC.com.au the incident was being treated as a “near-drowning”.

The surfer, believed to be in his 50s, was treated on the beach by lifesavers, police, and critical care paramedics.

He was then rushed Code 1 to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

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