News

Man drowns trying to rescue swimmers caught in Fingal rip

The beach at Fingal Head where a man drowned today.
The beach at Fingal Head where a man drowned today. Nolan Verheij-Full

A MAN has died after being swept into the ocean 800m south of the patrolled area at Fingal Head this afternoon.

Surf Life Saving Far North Coast Emergency Service Coordinator Jimmy Keough said two men, a woman and a girl appeared to have been swimming south of the Fingal Headland at Dreamtime Beach when the emergency call came through at 3.42pm.

He said all four swimmers were being swept around to the north of the headland and were in distress.

Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club were the first emergency personnel on scene, after responding from the flagged area just 800m north of the incident.

One man, an unconscious woman, and a girl, 7, were all being supported in the water by members of the public when they arrived.

The second man, believed to be 25 to 30 years of age, was being helped by a surfer.

"He was unconscious and unresponsive," Mr Keough said.

"The four persons were assisted to shore and CPR was commenced on the unconscious male and female."

He said further treatment took place when ambulance paramedics arrived.

The woman became conscious at the scene and was taken to Tweed Hospital, along with the girl, in a serious but stable condition. They have since been released from hospital.

"One adult male was later pronounced deceased on scene," Mr Keough said.

Mr Keough said it's believed the deceased man may have been trying to help one of the swimmers to safety.

Tweed Acting Inspector Chad Deegenaars confirmed the deceased as a 30-year-old man from Palm Beach on the Gold Coast.

"It appears the girl was in distress and the man has gone in to help her," Insp Deegenaars said.

"It is very tragic indeed."

 

Jimmy Keough, surf life saving Far North Coast.
Jimmy Keough, surf life saving Far North Coast. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

The tragedy was a devastating start to the Easter long weekend for the coast, but Mr Keough said the situation could have been compounded if members of the public hadn't acted quickly.

"We have had a tragedy but it could have been far worse than it was, without the prompt reaction of some of the member of the public in the area," he said.

He urged beachgoers to take care and only swim on patrolled beaches to avoid further tragedies.

"It's a very tragic start to this time of year," he said.

"We are asking people to take care over the coming days.

"We recommend they swim between the red and yellow flags and follow all directions given by life savers and lifeguards on duty."

Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club, police and Queensland Surf Life Saving were also tasked to assist.

In Ballina, surf life savers rushed to the rescue of a rock fisherman who was swept into the ocean at the exact same time.

"Thankfully, he was wearing a life jacket," Mr Keough said.

Mr Keough said three people were also rescued after getting into trouble in the water at Iluka earlier today.

It's not yet known whether any of the swimmers were locals to the area.

The tragedy comes after New Zealand woman Aggie Auelua drowned at Fingal last October as she jumped into the water to save a young local boy who had been swept off the rocks.

Topics:  drowning editors picks fingal head



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Court date for officer caught more than four times over

An off duty police officer was charged with drink driving after his car went through a fence.

Delay for officer caught more than four times over the limit .

On the Mat: High five for big bowls clash

GIVE ME FIVE: Nigel Smith and Nev Jenkins will represent Gold Coast Tweed's over 60s side this weekend.

Interstate bowls challenge accepted

Baby Animals return for One Word 2017 tour

Baby Animals will play Twin Towns on Saturday, March 18 as part of their One Word national tour.

One Word is so much more for rock greats

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Baby Animals return for One Word 2017 tour

Baby Animals will play Twin Towns on Saturday, March 18 as part of their One Word national tour.

One Word is so much more for rock greats

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

Prime Tweed site sells at auction

SOLD: The old Rivers commercial retail building at 79-81 Wharf St sold at auction for $2.475 million recently.

Tweed development site sold at auction for $2.475 million

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Top 6 infrastructure projects in the Tweed for 2017

The Gold Coast Airport is getting an upgrade.

Find out what's going in the Tweed.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!