Man drowns trying to rescue his sister

A 34-year-old Main Arm man, Brett Ward, tragically drowned while trying to rescue his sister, 11 and her friend, aged 12, in the surf at New Brighton on Sunday.
Mr Ward entered the surf after his sister, who had gone to the aid of her friend caught in a rip, also got into trouble.
Police said he got into difficulties himself, with local surfers and passers-by going to his aid.
He was brought to the beach unconscious and efforts by beachgoers and later ambulance officers and lifesavers were unsuccessful.
Mr Ward’s sister was rescued by passers-by and taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment, with her friend making her own way to the beach.
The beach was unpatrolled.

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