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



Relief from hot, sticky conditions on its way

Chance of a Saturday afternoon storm

Three news subscriptions and a free paper for $3 - saywhat?!

No Caption

FORGET everything you thought you knew about a great deal.

Man in custody following road and foot pursuit

Police generic.  Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Police followed the driver from Coominya to Toogoolawah

Local Partners

Madonna hopes for election unity

Madonna hopes Donald Trump's election will "bring people together"

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Chopper's Republic of Ipswich

HELLO: Chopper will perform his new show Anzakistan at the Racehorse Hotel next month.

Popular character returns

Ipswich house prices looking up in "seller's market”

Region's median house price climbed 1.4% to $325,000 and the median unit price fell 13.8% to $235,000 in the September quarter.

Median house price climbs 1.4% to $325,000 as unit price falls 13.8%

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

Work to be done before Hungry Jack's opens

Roadworks outside the Hungry Jack's restaurant at Brassall must be completed before it opens.

Ipswich residents will have to wait for their Whoppers

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!