Third man pulled unresponsive from surf

Cabbage Tree Harbour. Picture: Beach Safe
Three men have died on popular Australian beaches in the last three days, with a NSW man dying on Wednesday after he was pulled unresponsive from the water. Picture: Beach Safe

A man has died after he was pulled unresponsive from the surf in the third separate tragedy at an Australian beach over the past three days.

Just after 9.45am on Wednesday, a man believed to be aged in his 70s was found unresponsive in the water at Cabbage Tree Harbour on the NSW Central Coast.

Despite CPR attempts from Surf Live Savers and NSW Ambulance paramedics, the man could not be saved.

Police from the Tuggerah Lakes Police District will investigate the circumstances surrounding his death, and a report is being prepared for the Coroner.

Located in the town of Wyong, the 300m harbour beach is described by Beach Safe as having “usually low waves and free of rips”.

Cabbage Tree Harbour. Picture: Beach Safe
The man was pulled from Cabbage Tree Harbour on Wednesday morning. Picture: Beach Safe

It was the third tragedy in as many days on Australian beaches.

Just before 3pm on Tuesday, South Australian police confirmed a 79-year-old man died in a suspected drowning at Aldinga Beach, about 46km south of the Adelaide CBD.

Emergency services pulled the man unconscious from the ocean, and while paramedics attempted CPR, he was unable to be saved.

“Police are preparing a report for the coroner after a suspected drowning today,” police said in a statement.

“There are no suspicious circumstances.”

In a separate incident, a male surfer, 59, died after he was pulled unconscious from the water at the Main Beach in Byron Bay about 9.30am on Monday.

He was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a critical condition but could not be saved.

The tragic incident coincided with a hazardous surf warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for the Byron Coast.

“Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating and swimming,” the warning read.

“NSW Police Force, Marine Area Command advise that people should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.”