A MAN is lucky to be alive after being sucked out to sea on the Gold Coast.
The man was missing for more than two hours after disappearing while swimming at Burleigh on Saturday morning.
A major search and rescue operation followed, involving scores of surf lifesavers who took to the water on jet skies and in inflatable rescue boats.
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The Westpac rescue helicopter was also called in to scan the beach from above.
Then, around midday, more than 120 minutes after he was last seen, the man was spotted bobbing up and down in waters out past the shark nets.
Lifesavers plucked the man out of the ocean in a rescue boat from Kurrawa and safely returned him to shore.
#SEARCH&RESCUE lifesavers on jet skis & IRB’s from #Burleigh –#SurfersParadise w/ the #Westpacrescue ? have been searching for a missing swimmer, who had not been seen in over 2 hours. The #Kurrawa IRB located the man out past the shark nets & he was safely returned to shore. pic.twitter.com/wmC7WJhYLc
— Surf Life Saving QLD (@lifesavingqld) April 29, 2018