A day at the beach has turned to tragedy for several families, after two men drowned and a child was airlifted to hospital.
Emergency crews were called to Teewah Beach in Noosa North Shore around 3.00pm on Saturday, following reports two men had been pulled from the surf.
It’s understood the pair were trying to save a 9-year-old who had come into trouble in the water, when they found themselves in trouble.
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Despite desperate attempts by bystanders and paramedics, the men, aged in their mid-30s, could not be saved and died at the scene.
The 9-year-old boy was flown to the Sunshine Coast Hospital in a stable condition.
The tragic incident has prompted authorities to issue a warning to swimmers.
“Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the two men today,” SLSQ regional operations manager Aaron Purchase said in a statement to the ABC.
“If you must swim at remote location, stay close to the beach and remain waist-deep.
“However, the safest place to swim remains at a patrolled location between the red and yellow flags.”