Man Drowns at Brunswick Heads

A man has been pulled from the surf at Brunswick Heads after surfers reported him floating near the breakwall on Tuesday morning at around 7.45am.

Surf Lifesavers from Brunswick SLSC and the Far North Coast Branch support operations team responded and the man was brought to shore by surfers, unfortunately deceased.

He was reported to have entered the surf earlier this morning in front of the club, 500 metres from where he was found.

Surf conditions have been hazardous for several days however have improved today. Northern Emergency Coordinator Jimmy Keough attended the scene and said that while the surf is no longer hazardous, conditions remain unpredictable.

"We've had several drownings at this location this year and coming into the busy holiday period, we want to urge people to not take risks, swim between the flags and watch out for your mates," said Jimmy Keough.

A man drowned in February and another in March in the same location.

Surf lifesavers and lifeguards across the far north are on high alert coming into the Christmas peak next week.

Tips for staying safe at the beach:

• Always swim between the flags
• Take the time to observe local conditions
• If in doubt don’t go out
• Ask the lifeguards or lifesavers the safest place to swim
• Don’t swim under the influence of alcohol/drugs
• Never swim at night
• Look after your mates, and know where your group is while in the water

Tue 16 Dec 2014