A SURFER died after being pulled unconscious from the water at Logans Beach yesterday afternoon.
Nearby surfers noticed the man was in trouble in front of the whale lookout just before 5pm.
Sergeant Jason Puschenjak, of Warrnambool police, said the 62-year-old man had been surfing alone.
“Other surfers noticed he was in trouble and possibly unconscious and went to his aid,” Sergeant Puschenjak said.
He said when they reached the man in the shallows he was unconscious. “They pulled him up on to the beach and commenced CPR until emergency services arrived,” he said.
Sergeant Puschenjak said police and paramedics continued CPR for a further 30 minutes but the man died at the scene.
He said about “half a dozen” other surfers came to the man’s aid.
“They did a great job, we commend them on their efforts,” he said.
“Police investigations are continuing and we will prepare a report for the coroner.”
The beach is a popular spot with local and visiting surfers.
Onlookers at the whale platform were visibly upset as they watched paramedics working to revive the man on the beach.
Conditions appeared to be calm, but an onlooker said there were some “fierce rips out there”.
Sergeant Puschenjak said heading into summer it was a sad reminder to heed water safety messages.
“All the advertising material asks people to swim and surf in a buddy system.
“This is a tragic way to remind people to take those messages on board, especially as the weather starts to improve.”