A man has drowned while swimming in dangerous surf on the Gold Coast this morning, the third drowning at our beaches in just 48 hours.
Emergency crews were called to Mermaid Beach around 7.40am on Saturday, following reports a swimmer had been pulled from the water near Hedges Avenue.
Critical Care Paramedics performed CPR on the 34-year-old man from Victoria for around half an hour, but despite their desperate attempts, he could not be revived and died at the scene.
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It comes after the body of a 32-year-old man, who disappeared after going for a late night swim with a woman at Broadbeach, was found at Narrowneck overnight.
The woman’s body was found washed up on the beach on Thursday night, about an hour after the pair entered the water.
The spate of drownings has prompted authorities to issue a stern warning for people to stay out of the water today.
All beaches north of Burleigh to the Seaway are closed, with huge swells up to three metres expected.
“The conditions today are extremely strong and powerful, making it unsafe to swim,” Nathan Fife SLSQ Lifesaving Services Supervisor said.
“We have seen three people tragically lose their lives after going for a swim.
“We ask everyone on the Gold Coast north of Burleigh, to not enter the water today.”
Full list of beaches closed:
Main Beach – Point Lookout