Man rescued after near drowning

A MAN has been taken to hospital after being rescued by lifeguards when he took in water at a Gold Coast beach this morning.

The man, 25, was swimming at Northcliff Beach when Gold Coast City Council lifeguards noticed the man being dumped in the water a few times at the shore break around 11am.

It is believed the man took in a lot of water and was coughing before lifeguards managed to help him onto the shore.

"They treated him on site," Lifeguard superintendent Chris Maynard said, adding they put oxygen on the man before calling an ambulance.

Ricky Arnold of the Bicycle Response Team said they arrived within three minutes.

"He never actually lost consciousness at all, but he did have breathing difficulties and was just in a state of shock," Mr Arnold said.

He said the man was stabilised by the team before being taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.