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Gold Coast surfer drowns in Cyclone Kerry generated rip

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Gold Coast surfer drowns in Cyclone kerry generated rip

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 January 2005: - - A 43-year-old man has drowned during an early morning surf on Queensland's Gold Coast. It is the third drowning in Queensland this weekend. Stewart Hogdon from the rescue helicopter service says two men got caught in a rip at Surfers Paradise. He says one man was able to swim to shore but the other did not make it.

"He was located about 7:10am [AEST] and taken to hospital but at the time he was pulse and no breathing," he said.

The latest drowning comes as lifeguards in south-east Queensland were urging swimmers to be cautious, as ex-tropical Cyclone Kerry continues to generate big seas. Thirty-six people were rescued in the Maroochy Shire on the Sunshine Coast yesterday as swimmers struggled to cope with the two-metre swells.

Gold Coast lifeguard supervisor Scott Fransman said, "If its too big and you don't think you really want to go out it might be best just to leave it for a day or two until the conditions do improve."

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