Two surfers die in unrelated incidents – Northern NSW

Two surfers have died after being retrieved unconscious from the ocean in separate incidents in Northern NSW yesterday.

Just after 4pm (Sunday 4 April 2021), emergency services were called to Killick Beach at Hat Head on the Mid North Coast, after reports a surfer had been pulled from the water unresponsive.

Other surfers and people on the beach began CPR until police and paramedics arrived; however, the 64-year-old man was unable to be revived and he died at the scene.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted this week to determine cause of death.

Officers from Mid North Coast Police District will be preparing a report for the information of the Coroner.

In a separate, unrelated incident, emergency services were called to a beach at the Illaroo campground at Minnie Water, east of Grafton, shortly before 5pm (Sunday 4 April 2021), after reports a surfer had been found unconscious in the water.

Police attended along with NSW Ambulance paramedics and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

A 48-year-old male surfer was winched from the water to beach; however, he was declared deceased at the scene.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District have spoken with witnesses and will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about either incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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