News

Young Gatton man dies trying to save mates in rough seas

Aaron Regan lands the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter in Bargara's Cortice Park during a series of practice rescue missions. Simon Young
Aaron Regan lands the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter in Bargara's Cortice Park during a series of practice rescue missions. Simon Young Simon Young BUN161112ENT8

A 21-YEAR-OLD man from Gatton has died after trying to save his mates from drowning in a swimming tragedy on the  Noosa North Shore.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter flew to the aid of five Gatton men after they got into serious difficulty in surf on Saturday afternoon.

The men were holidaying with two other friends at Fresh Water, south of Double Island Point when five of them decided to use an inflatable pool as a boat to paddle out through the waves.

When the blow-up pool overturned, two of the men became caught in a rip and were swept out to sea, the other three got stuck in the break.

After attempting to rescue each other, three of the men scrambled to shore, while a 21 year old and his 25 year old mate were later pulled from the water.

Despite extensive efforts to resuscitate the 21 year old, who had attempted to save his friends, he could not be revived.

His 25 year old mate was unconscious when he was pulled to shore.

After treatment from the helicopter's flight doctor and flight paramedic, he survived the near-drowning.

He was airlifted, along with a 19 year old, to Nambour General Hospital by the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter.

Both were in a stable condition.

Two other men were taken to Noosa Hospital by road ambulance.

The death comes as lifesavers closed beaches on the Sunshine Coast during the week amid big surf and high tide warnings.

Topics:  drowning, gatton, noosa north shore, sunshine coast, teewah




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Meet your local farmers at festival

AL AGES: James Cottrell at the Winter Harvest Festival last year.

Scenic Rim produce shines at Winter Harvest

High-flying efforts of Eagles 200 gamers recognised

Ipswich Eagles footballer Michael Lugg.

Lugg, Schoormans join elite Ipswich club

ELECTION: Meet your candidates in Wright

Election, vote, poll booth, Voters at Newtown State School. Council Election 2016, March 19,

Who will get your vote in Wright?

Latest deals and offers

Robbery CCTV

Night Owl Redbank Plains was held up at knife point overnight.

CCTV footage of robbery overnight at Night Owl Redbank Plains.

Drug Arm to assist party precinct

Launch of the new Safe Night Precinct in Top of Town. Pictured is Graham Hembrow from Drug Arm, Mayor Paul Pisasale, Jennifer Howad MP and Dennis Young from Drug Arm.

Launch of the new Safe Night Precinct in Top of Town.

Hey Mumma Working

What's tougher - full time work or being a mum, why?

What's tougher - full time work or being a mum, why?

Arts and culture get a boost in council budget

HAPPY CAMPER: Council’s culture boss Cr Charlie Pisasale will be delighted $400,000 has been allocated for a business case investigation for IPAC.

IPAC at the forefront of councillor's agenda

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four