Man drowns after being pulled unconscious from unpatrolled beach on NSW Central Coast 


Grim scenes as man dies after being pulled unconscious from the surf

  • Man, 41, drowned after falling off his body board in rough swell at popular beach
  • Bystanders pulled the unconscious man to shore, where lifeguards started CPR
  • Man died at scene, despite desperate attempts by lifeguards and paramedics
  • Growing calls for Spoon Bay to be patrolled, known for its dangerous currents 


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A body board rider has tragically drowned in front of shocked beachgoers on the NSW Central Coast.

Emergency services were called to Spoon Bay, south of Forresters Beach before before 2pm on Monday following reports a man had been pulled from the water unconscious. 

It’s understood the man, 41 was body boarding in rough swells when he came off his board and sustained a head injury after he fell onto rocks at the northern end of the beach.

Paramedics (pictured) were unable to revive a body board rider who was pulled from the water unconscious at Spoon Bay on Monday

Paramedics (pictured) were unable to revive a body board rider who was pulled from the water unconscious at Spoon Bay on Monday

He was pulled to shore by bystanders still attached to his board by a leash, the Central Coast Express Advocate reported.

A lifeguard from nearby Wamberal Beach commenced CPR prior to paramedics arriving but the man died at the scene, despite the desperate attempts to revive him.

Three ambulance crews and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter responded to the incident.

The man is yet to be formally identified. 

Brisbane Water Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

It's understood the man was in rough swell when he came off his board and hit his head on rocks. Pictured is the scene south of Forresters Beach

It's understood the man was in rough swell when he came off his board and hit his head on rocks. Pictured is the scene south of Forresters Beach

It’s understood the man was in rough swell when he came off his board and hit his head on rocks. Pictured is the scene south of Forresters Beach

Officers praised lifeguards and beachgoers for their desperate attempts in trying to revive the man.

‘Their efforts can be commended in the circumstances, they responded as soon as they were notified and despite their best efforts the male could not be revived,’ Brisbane Water Chief Inspector Paul Nicholls said.

It’s understood the man was at the beach with another person.

‘We are still investigating the circumstances of when he arrived, who he arrived with and what led up to before he went into the water,’ Chief Inspector Nicholls said.

‘That will form part of our investigation.’ 

The tragedy unfolded in front of shocked beachgoers (pictured speaking with police)

The tragedy unfolded in front of shocked beachgoers (pictured speaking with police)

The tragedy unfolded in front of shocked beachgoers (pictured speaking with police)

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the tragic death of a body board rider

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the tragic death of a body board rider

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the tragic death of a body board rider

Bordered and fronted by continuous rocky reefs, the unpatrolled beach is notorious for its dangerous current and strong rips.

Spoon Bay has been the scene of previous drownings. 

‘However while waves are usually low a three permanent rips drains the gutters between the beach and rocks and have caused fatalities,’ website beachsafe.org.au warned.

There have been growing calls for the beach to be patrolled after a local mum and her three children almost drowned in a rip in January. 

The body board rider died at the scene after being dragged to shore by bystanders

The body board rider died at the scene after being dragged to shore by bystanders

The body board rider died at the scene after being dragged to shore by bystanders



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