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Bike rider drowns on beach

DETECTIVES are piecing together the circumstances behind the death of an Ilbilbie man who drowned at Cape Palmerston at the weekend.

The 32-year-old had been riding a motorcycle on the beach, about 70km south of Mackay, with a friend when he was unable to go on, Mackay District Duty Officer Senior Sergeant Dave Parnell said yesterday.

His friend rode off to get help but when he returned the man was found dead, in the water.

Snr Sgt Parnell said the friend told police the man had stopped the bike and decided to lie down on the beach to rest

The friend said the man had been talking but hadn't been able to stand up.

Because he couldn't lift him, his friend rode off to get assistance, thinking he would be able to return before the tide came in, Snr Sgt Parnell said.

Paramedics were called, however, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The tragedy occurred early Saturday morning. Sarina police were called around 6.20am.

Campers nearby helped the friend to bring the man's body back to shore, Snr Sgt Parnell said.

It is unknown how he drowned. Police said there was no indication of any pre-existing conditions that would explain why he died.

Investigating officers are treating the death as non-suspicious and ruled out death by suicide.

The incident is being investigated by Sarina CIB officers, who will compile a report for the coroner.

 



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