A surfer is dead after friends pulled him unconscious from the water at a northern Sydney beach.
The 62-year-old local man was pronounced dead on a rock ledge after he became distressed off South Avalon headland at Avalon Beach before 9am on Tuesday.
He had been with about six surfers, some of whom dragged him from the water. They had been surfing in large surf at the southern end of Avalon Beach, a witness said.
His friends and off-duty surf lifesavers performed CPR for more than 40 minutes, emergency services said.
“It is not clear at this stage if this was due to a medical episode,” Surf Life Saving NSW said in a statement.
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) August 21, 2018