Dad on life support after surfing accident at Byron Bay
POLICE have corrected comments saying a man hurt at a Byron Bay beach had died, saying he was being kept on life support until his organs could be donated.
Inspector Darren Steele said the comments made by another inspector last night that the man, believed to be from the Gold Coast, had passed away following an accident at The Pass were not corrrect.
"The man remains on life support. His body is being kept alive by mechanical means," Insp Steele said.
The father of three was pulled unconscious from the surf yesterday after apparently being hit on the head by his own surfboard.
NSW Ambulance Service Brunswick Valley Zone Inspector Greg Powell said paramedics were called to the beach about 1.30pm.
"There were reports of a 30-year-old man who was unconscious after suffering a cardiac arrest post drowning.
"He wasn't breathing and had a heart attack.
"The man had been found in the water.
"An off-duty paramedic was at the scene and started CPR until the local duty paramedics arrived.
"He was taken to Byron Bay Hospital in a serious condition and then he was taken by road ambulance to Tweed Heads Hospital."
Eyewitness to the tragedy, Byron Bay mother, Maha Hindi was watching her 13-year-old son surf at The Pass when she heard a woman screaming out: "Call 000, call 000"
Ms Hindi called 000 and then looked after the woman's three young children, aged two, four and six while CPR was performed on the surfer, believed to be from the Gold Coast.
"(The wife) told me he had been hit by his own board and had fallen head first into the water," Ms Hindi said.
"He was lying on the shore with a huge crowd around him, but he was lifeless and not responding to anyone," she said.
"People were performing CPR on him for ages.
"The children were so young and they were stunned. Everything happened so fast.
"I had a weird feeling about the Pass today," Ms Hindi said.
"There were a lot of people there; a lot of boards all concentrated in a small space. It's a long weekend
and the whole town is busy."