The Grafton Daily Examiner reports that it is understood the 57-year-old Brisbane man was body boarding in the water with his son at the time of the incident.
“One minute he could see his dad, and the next minute he’s face down in the water.”
“He had fins on and had a flotation device with him and something happened quickly,” he said.
There have been suggestions of a medical episode but Mr Wylie said that had not been confirmed.
“The lifeguard on duty quickly became aware of the circumstances and two members of the public helped pull him to the shore.”
Mr Wylie said three medical staff happened to be on the beach as the event unfolded while the lifeguard at Turner’s Beach attended the scene.
“Two nurses and a doctor were at the beach so he was given lots of medical support,” he said.
“They administered CPR for approximately 30 minutes, and even brought out the defibrillator to give the man the best chance of survival. The ambulance arrived about 10-15 minutes which was really commendable.”
Paramedics monitored the situation, however the man reportedly died on scene.
“You’d like to believe all the measures you take, such as the excellent teamwork undertaken by everyone involved will prevent these tragedies, but sadly this wasn’t the case,” he said.
“I’d like to commend the two lifeguards for rising to the occasion and two nurses and doctors who came to assist.”