Mystery surrounds death of surfer

Bilinga Beach where an unidentified man died on Sunday.
Bilinga Beach where an unidentified man died on Sunday. Crystal Spencer

MYSTERY surrounds the death of a surfer who was found floating face down at Bilinga.

Coolangatta and Tweed Heads police had yesterday not formally identified the man, described as being in his late 30s, of Caucasian appearance, solid build, with short blond hair.

Tweed Heads Police Inspector Greg Jago said they were appealing for public assistance to identify the man as no personal belongings were found on the beach.

On Sunday about 4.30pm, a woman walking along the beach north of the Bilinga Surf Life Saving Club found the man, who was still attached to his 10 foot six longboard, chief lifeguard Warren Young said.

He said the woman waded out to rescue the man and, assisted by other beachgoers, pulled him out of the surf.

“One of our guys was on his way back from a shift at the Currumbin Alley and he was called to it,” Mr Young said.

The lifeguard performed CPR on the man until paramedics arrived.

Paramedics continued to work on the man as he was taken to The Tweed Hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Although the man was found in Queensland, Coolangatta and Tweed Heads police are investigating as the man was pronounced dead in New South Wales.

The man was wearing a black Rip Curl rash shirt and brown board shorts.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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