Natasha Thorpe has been identified as the woman who drowned at Coolum Beach on September 21. Pictures: Supplied/ Patrick Woods
Natasha Thorpe has been identified as the woman who drowned at Coolum Beach on September 21. Pictures: Supplied/ Patrick Woods

Holiday tragedy: Drowning victim identified as Toowoomba mum

UPDATE 2.15PM: The young mother who drowned at Coolum Beach has been identified as Natasha Thorpe.

The Toowoomba woman, 34, drowned in rough surf while swimming with her 11-year-old daughter on Monday morning, police have confirmed.

It's understood Ms Thorpe was a nursery worker and was visiting the region with her family, who have a holiday house at Point Arkwright.

Rescuers clearly distressed as mum slips away

WARNING: Graphic images below.

Emergency servicse on scene at First Bay, Coolum Beach where a woman has been pulled from the surf. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.
Emergency servicse on scene at First Bay, Coolum Beach where a woman has been pulled from the surf. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.

Speaking from the scene off Jubilee Esplanade, police Sergeant Peter Blake said surfers managed to pull the woman to shore and began CPR immediately.

Sgt Blake said paramedics took over CPR efforts once they arrived on scene, but the woman was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.

Rough conditions at unpatrolled beach First Bay, Coolum where a woman drowned while swimming with her daughter on Monday morning.
Rough conditions at unpatrolled beach First Bay, Coolum where a woman drowned while swimming with her daughter on Monday morning.

Emergency services were called just after 7am.

Sgt Blake said the woman was on holidays from Toowoomba with her entire family and the circumstances were "tragic".

It is understood Ms Thorpe's sister and father were also at the scene.

Sgt Blake commended the efforts of the surfers who tried to save the woman.

Emergency services on scene at First Bay, Coolum Beach where a woman has been pulled from the surf. Picture: Patrick Woods
Emergency services on scene at First Bay, Coolum Beach where a woman has been pulled from the surf. Picture: Patrick Woods

INITIAL STORY: Emergency services are responding after a body was reportedly been found at Coolum Beach on Monday morning.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman confirmed police were called to Jubilee Esplanade at 7.14am.

The spokesman would not confirm any further details at this time.

A number of ambulance and police vehicles can be seen lining the street.

Emergency services on scene at Jubilee Esplanade, Coolum Beach where a body was reportedly found Monday morning.
Emergency services on scene at Jubilee Esplanade, Coolum Beach where a body was reportedly found Monday morning.


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