UPDATE, 7.45am: POLICE have confirmed the man involved in an incident at Turners Beach yesterday afternoon has died.
Despite the best efforts of a lifeguard and two off-duty paramedics, he could not be revived at the scene.
Northern Lifeguard Coordinator Scott McCartney said the man had sustained injuries to his head and face, possibly by a surfboard, when he was found north of the patrol area.
It is understood to be the first drowning on a Clarence Valley beach since 2010.
EARLIER: A LISMORE man has been dragged from the water unconscious at Turners Beach in Yamba.
Clarence Valley lifeguard supervisor Greg Wyllie said the 54-year-old man was unresponsive when he was pulled from the water by an on-duty lifeguard and a surfer about 3.50pm.
The lifeguard immediately commenced CPR and was quickly assisted by a husband and wife on the beach who happened paramedics.
Mr Wyllie confirmed a defibrillator and oxygen therapy was also used.
His current condition is unknown but it is believed he was still unconscious when the ambulance arrived just after 4pm.
Mr Wyllie said it appeared the man had been involved in an accident while surfing alone in 1-2 foot waves, with a noticeable graze on the bridge of his nose.