Tragic beach drowning

A BODY board surfer died after getting into trouble off Sawtell Headland yesterday.

The 28-year-old male was pulled from the water and CPR was done immediately, but his death was confirmed on Sunday night. 

It is understood his family was with him at the time.

Two girls walking on Sawtell Headland raised the alarm about 3pm after seeing the man in difficulties and contacted the cafe at the Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club.

The cafe contacted Coffs Harbour City Council lifeguard Sonny Tisdell who paddled across Bonville Creek and ran across Bonville Beach with his surfboard to reach the surfer.

Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club members also despatched an IRB to look for the surfer, who could not be located at one point.

Surf club members and Mr Tisdell administered CPR until the ambulance arrived and the surfer was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus about 4.43pm.

Police officers also attended.

Lifeguard co-ordinator Greg Hackfath said the response from the lifeguard service, Mr Tisdell and the Sawtell surf club was exceptional.

"They were on it straight away," he said.

"They tried their best to revive him."

The incident is the second beach drowning on the Mid North Coast in a matter of days after a 60-year-old New Zealand surfer drowned at Angourie last Wednesday.   

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