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Upper Coomera surfer dies in heavy conditions at the Spit

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Joshua Dixon found dead 25km from where he entered the water

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 January, 2016 - 34-year-old Joshua Dixon’s body was found off Crusoe Island 14 miles from where he went missing. Mr. Dixon went for an early morning surf on New Year’s Eve and was last seen jumping into the water from end of a sand pumping jetty at a spot called Spit.

Dixon had told family members he just wanted to go for a surf. According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, search co-ordinator sergeant Tony Nelson said Mr Dixon had had a “history of surfing” but had not been in the water for some months. Surf conditions were hazardous that day.

“As to his reasons for going into the surf, we can only draw assumptions,” Sgt Nelson added. “The conditions were extremely difficult and many surfers would elect not to go in.”

The Gold Coast Bulletin said that most surfers don’t use the jetty but instead chose to enter the surf up the beach or at a rock wall about 300 metres north.

“He was always caring, he always wanted to help out and be there if you were ever in need,” said Dixon’s sister Karlie.

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