Man, 73, dies on Turners Beach

A MAN, 73, on holidays in Yamba was the second person to die on a North Coast beach on Boxing Day.

Less than two hours earlier, a man drowned at Ballina.

The Sawtell man was at Turners Beach with his family when he went into cardiac arrest.

Acting Yamba Police Sergeant Syd Hill said that at around 1.15pm a woman raised the alarm alerting two lifeguards that an elderly man had fallen over near the rocks above the tide mark at the southern end of Turners Beach.

“Other rescue services were notified including the Yamba paramedics, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Yamba Surf Life Saving Club. Within minutes the two lifeguards were performing CPR and had administered the defibrillator.

“The victim was pronounced deceased at approximately 1.45pm.”

Clarence Valley Lifeguard supervisor Greg Wyllie was at Brooms Head when he received the call about the incident at Turners Beach.

“As soon as I got the call I headed straight back to Yamba,” he said.

“The two Turners Beach lifeguards on duty at the time followed their trained working procedures, and with members from the Yamba surf club, performed CPR for around 20 minutes and administered the defibrillator until the ambulance officers arrived.

“To have this happen in only their eighth day on the job, my two lifeguards managed themselves in a very professional manner. I’m very happy with their performance.

“However, my sympathy goes out to the family of this victim who, I am told, did have heart problems.”



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