File photo. The Brunswick Heads Surf Lifesaving tower has a birdseye view of the beach. Photo: Janelle Calnan. Photo Contributed
File photo. The Brunswick Heads Surf Lifesaving tower has a birdseye view of the beach. Photo: Janelle Calnan. Photo Contributed Contributed

Tragedy as drowned man spotted off beach

AN EARLY morning swim at Brunswick Heads ended in tragedy when the body of a local man in his 60s was pulled from the water shortly after 8am yesterday.

Local surf lifesavers and emergency services were notified about 7.45am by surfers who had spotted the man's body just off the Brunswick Heads north wall.

Earlier the 62-year old man had been seen entering the surf in front of the surf club about 500 metres to the south, and was seen struggling in the water shortly after.

He was believed to have been caught unaware by the northerly sweep and a possible rip created by shifting sandbanks.

His body was brought ashore at North Head, where he was pronounced deceased by paramedics.

It was the third drowning along the same stretch of beach this year,

In March a Bangalow man in his 70s drowned off Brunswick Heads, while another man drowned there in February.

While surf conditions had been particularly hazardous for several days prior to yesterday's drowning, conditions had improved, according to Surf Life Saving NSW northern emergency co-ordinator Jimmy Keough.

However Mr Keough said that while the surf was no longer hazardous, conditions remained unpredictable.

"There's still a fair bit of water moving, and due caution is encouraged for all swimmers over the coming days," he said.

"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."

Tips to stay 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