Young boy tragically drowns at Emerald Beach
10.00pm: Not even the efforts of an off-duty ambulance officer could save the life of a young boy at Emerald Beach.
About 5.15pm the man pulled the seven year-old boy out of the relatively calm surf and immediately began performing CPR while police and paramedics were racing to the scene.
Attempts to resuscitate the unconscious child were made for almost 15 minutes but proved unsuccessful.
The boy was taken from the scene to the hospital where he was tragically pronounced dead on arrival.
A report is being prepared for the coroner.
8.00pm: A tragedy has happened at Emerald Beach less than a week before Christmas.
Police media has confirmed the young boy who was taken from the reasonably small surf this evening has died.
The exact circumstances of the drowning are still not known and police are continuing their inquiries.
6.00pm: A young boy has been rushed to hospital after he was dragged from the surf at Emerald Beach.
At about 5.30pm it's believed fellow swimmers noticed the young boy unconscious under water and moved quickly to rescue him.
As police and paramedics arrived on the scene quickly, efforts were made to resuscitate the boy for 10 to 15 minutes.
The early primary school aged boy believed to be a local failed to regain consciousness and has been rushed to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
Updates will be given as information comes to hand.