Three dead in 36 hours: Swimmer drowns in huge surf
A swimmer has drowned in massive swells off the Gold Coast this morning in the third tragedy in just 36 hours in the deadly surf.
Critical care paramedics desperately worked on a person, reportedly an adult, on the sand at Mermaid Beach, near Hedges Ave but were unable to revive them.
Emergency services were called to the scene at 7.41am Saturday.
Gold Coast beaches are closed as massive swells up to 2m are whipped up by ex tropical cyclone Lucas.
It follows the tragic double drowning just a few kilometres up the road at Broadbeach on Thursday night where gym manager Jake Jacobs, 32, and his female companion Julia Boika, 29, died after a late-night swim.
Ms Boika washed up dead on the beach about an hour later but Mr Jacobs was not found until nearly 24 hours later, spotted floating in swells off Main Beach last night.
Meanwhile on the Sunshine Coast, a man has been hospitalised stable with back injuries after being dumped in the surf at Coolum Beach.
Originally published as Three dead in 36hrs: Swimmer drowns in huge surf off Gold Coast