A LISMORE surfer who died at Yamba's Turners Beach on Wednesday afternoon was hit in the head by his board and found floating in the water by nearby boardriders.
Clarence Valley lifeguard supervisor Greg Wyllie said the 54-year-old man was surfing one to two feet waves near three other boardriders about 3:50pm while his partner was on the beach.
The board hit him
"He was surfing on his own within 20 metres of three other surfers and at some stage he caught a wave and fell off his board and the board hit him in the bridge of the nose," he said.
"The three surfers and a lifeguard all responded in a synchronised manner to the man, who was face down in the water within two minutes and brought him to shore unconscious."
The man, who regularly did maintenance on homes in the Yamba area for real estate agencies, had the best people on hand to resuscitate him, Mr Wyllie said.
Paramedic and nurse at hand
"The lifeguard immediately started CPR and fortunately there were a husband and wife on holidays from Queensland on the beach, one was a paramedic and one was a nurse, who assisted the lifeguard who had a defibrillator and oxygen," he said.
"The response time was pretty efficient in getting a guy, who was about 85 kg, to the beach.
"It took about 10 to 12 minutes before paramedics were on the scene and they took over resuscitation."
Coffs Clarence police Inspector Brendan Gorman said paramedics transported the man to Maclean hospital where he was pronounced deceased by a doctor.
Insp Gorman said police would not release the man's name yet, as family were still being notified.