Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Summer Fun Turns Deadly Warning to Swimmers; Lifesavers Report Rescues Growing at Alarming Rate

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Summer Fun Turns Deadly Warning to Swimmers; Lifesavers Report Rescues Growing at Alarming Rate

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Byline: Amber Hooker Amber.Hooker@scnews.com.au

AN AVOIDABLE tragedy and a spate of rescues capped the worst year for drowning deaths in the Sunshine Coast's recorded history.

Swimmers discovered the lifeless body of a South Korean man, aged in his 60s, face down in unpatrolled surf at Dicky Beach about 2.45pm Saturday.

Lifesavers launched into action, but their swift response and desperate CPR attempts were unsuccessful. After about 30 minutes the man was declared deceased.

The international visitor had been swimming 150m south of the red and yellow flags, and was pronounced dead on the beach with his family nearby.

One third of Queensland's 15 suspected drownings have happened in Sunshine Coast waters this season, from July 1 to yesterday, December 30.

Surf Life Saving Queensland reported a 30 per cent increase in rescues across the state this season; 1222 between July 1 to December 30, compared to 914 during the same period last year.

Five people have now died in suspected drownings on Coast beaches since October.

Three were at Noosa beaches, including two deaths only days apart.

The fourth was a 60-year-old man who drowned at Currimundi Lake on November 25 after he succumbed to an underlying health condition.

Last year, SLSQ reported one of the four drowning deaths in Queensland was on the Coast.

Their Coast Safe Report states in the decade to 2017, 20 people drowned on Sunshine Coast beaches.

Saturday's drowning preceded another 15 rescues performed by lifesavers and lifeguards across Queensland beaches as of 1pm yesterday.

The day before, Noosa local Bridget Thompson captured the phenomenal moments a teenage boy, believed to be 14, clung to a slippery rock at Hell's Gates, Noosa.

Ms Thompson and about 40 others could hear the boy's cries for help as they waited with bated breath for two rescuers to swim to the boy, before he jumped off his lifeline and they escorted him to a jet ski. …

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