Girlfriend watches on as surfer dies at Sunshine Beach
UPDATE: THE girlfriend of a Brisbane surfer was reportedly left to watch on in shock as her partner drowned at Sunshine Beach yesterday.
Paramedics and surf lifesavers spent more than an hour trying to revive the 26-year-old Hamilton man but were unable to do so.
Surf Life Saving Queensland Sunshine Coast regional manager Aaron Purchase said a friend surfing with the man at the time first noticed he was in trouble.
The man was taken to shore by Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving patrol officers, who conducted CPR at the scene.
"We just kept going until the paramedics arrived and took over," he said.
Mr Purchase said more than 50 people, including the man's girlfriend, witnessed the tragic scene, which happened just before 11am about 500m north of Sunshine Beach Surf Club.
The man's board was still attached to him by his leg-rope at the time.
Mr Purchase said the man was not known to surf lifesavers in the area.
He praised the public for their help at the scene.
"The public was really good, people tried to help out where they could," he said.
He said lifesavers were struggling to come to terms with the death.
"They're obviously upset they weren't able to save this guy," Mr Purchase told The Daily yesterday.
"They did everything they possibly could to give him the best chance but unfortunately they couldn't today."
Mr Purchase said surf conditions were "a bit messy" at the time, however the cause of the drowning was uncertain.
"We're not sure whether he was hit by his board or dumped into a sand bank," he said.
He said those involved in the attempted rescue were provided with peer support.
"Our condolences go out to family and friends, it's obviously a difficult time for them."
A police spokesman said the cause of death was yet to be determined, however the next of kin had been notified.
Lindsey Denny took to The Daily's Facebook page to share her account of the incident.
"My cousin was helping resuscitate him. Such a sad and traumatic scene ... Deepest sympathy for the family," she said on Facebook.
"We are all still so shaken by it all ... Couldn't imagine how the family are feeling. It was a very sad scene."
Camilla Macedo, who was also at the scene, said the life
savers did "a great job" working to revive the man.
Many others took to the page to offer condolences.
EARLIER: A 26 year old man has drowned at Sunshine Beach, Noosa.
A police spokesman said the man was bought to shore by lifesavers who tried to resuscitate him.
Ambulance officers arrived at the scene shortly after but were unable to revive the man.
A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said the incident occurred about 11am.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner.
Police say the death is not suspicious.