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Freak accident claims life of young Australian surfer

Freak accident claims life of young Australian surfer
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Twenty-six year-old dies after being knocked unconscious  

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 October, 2014 - His devastated girlfriend watched as an hour-long attempt to revive him failed. The Brisbane visitor had been surfing about 400m north of the nearest patrol, near a shallow sandbank, when he struck trouble about 11am. Conditions were around a metre and the tide was low, with waves crashing on the sandbank.

While the circumstances of the accident are still being investigated, it appears he could have been knocked unconscious after sustaining a head or neck injury in a wipe-out. A friend who had been surfing alongside the man had paddled back to shore before the incident. He raced to help from the beach after seeing nearby bodyboard riders attempting to bring his unconscious friend in.

Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Aaron Purchase told The Courier-Mail that Sunshine Beach lifesavers returning from a mobile patrol were passing at the time. They were joined by paramedics and a doctor who worked on the man, who was unconscious when brought to shore.


Peter Hall

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