Body at Fingal beach identified

Under investigation: A 73-year-old man was found floating about 500m south of the sand-pumping jetty at Fingal Head.
Under investigation: A 73-year-old man was found floating about 500m south of the sand-pumping jetty at Fingal Head. Blainey Woodham

AN unconscious man who was found at Fingal Head Beach and later died at the Tweed Hospital has been identified as German tourist Linus Kurzke.

The 73-year-old man was located in the surf about 20-25 metres off Fingal Head Beach on Friday at 3.50pm.

Tweed police Inspector Greg Carey said a friend of Mr Kurzke notified police of his absence on Friday night.

“At 8.30pm on Friday a Banora Point resident contacted Tweed police with concerns for a friend,” Insp Carey said.

“The resident was concerned for Mr Kurke as he was supposed to collect him from Fingal Head Beach.

“With assistance from this resident the man was identified as Linus Kurzke.”

After Mr Kurzke was discovered unconscious he was brought to shore and CPR was commenced by a senior constable attached to the Tweed Byron Local Area Command and surf lifesavers.

He was then taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.

As police attempted to identify Mr Kurzke following his death he was described as having tanned skin, with receding grey hair and a full beard.

He was also said to be wearing navy blue Speedos and a cowboy hat.

Insp Carey said Mr Kurzke had been in the country for a number of weeks.

“Mr Kurzke has been visiting Australia since November 2, 2010,” Insp Carey said.

Family members of the deceased in his native country have been notified of his passing.

“Mr Kurzke's family in Germany have been informed of his death,” Insp Carey said.

“The Tweed coroner will continue the investigation.”

Fingal Head Rovers Surf Life Saving Club president Robyn Wonson said the beach is still open.

“We advise all swimmers to stay between the flags,” Ms Wonson said.

“We will only be patrolling on weekends now that the school holidays are over.”

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