A young man has been rushed to hospital after nearly drowning at a beach on the Gold Coast this morning.
Emergency crews were called to Surfers Paradise beach, near Clifford Street and Northcliffe Terrace around 11.30am, after a 21-year-old man was pulled unconscious from the surf.
Queensland Ambulance Operations Supervisor David Morgan said the young man came into trouble after diving into a wave.
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“He was believed to have been submerged under water for about 30 seconds before lifeguards realised he was in trouble and pulled him from the water unconscious and not breathing,” Mr Morgan said.
Lifeguards performed CPR on the man for around two minutes, before he thankfully managed to regain consciousness.
He was then treated on scene by Critical Care Paramedics before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Paramedics said the man was “incredibly lucky” to have been rescued so quickly.
“It’s lucky he was swimming between the flags and he was with his mates, who were able to raise the alarm for help fairly quickly,” QAS operations supervisor Morgan said.
It comes after lifeguards performed more than 100 rescues across Queensland yesterday, as thousands of people flocked to the beach to enjoy the Australia Day sunshine.
A total of 61 of those rescues were performed on the Gold Coast.