Surfer dies at Broken Head
It is believed two off-duty lifeguards who were also surfing at the time, brought the 42-year-old man to shore and began performing CPR on him.
However, despite their efforts, and the efforts of NSW ambulance paramedics who arrived by road from Byron Bay and Ballina and by air with the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, the man never regained consciousness.
It is believed the man was surfing alone, but his wife arrived at the beach after being informed of the situation.
NSW ambulance paramedic Wayne McKenna praised the actions of the men who tried to save their fellow surfer.
"They were performing excellent CPR but unfortunately he did not respond," Mr McKenna said.