Man who drowned near Crescent Head believed to be from Queensland

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A man has drowned on an unguarded beach on the NSW Mid North Coast, prompting a warning from surf rescuers ahead of the Australia Day holiday.

Emergency services were called to rocks near Delicate Nobby, north of Port Macquarie, just after 5pm yesterday after reports of an unconscious man being pulled from the water.

Members of the public performed CPR until police and paramedics arrived, but the man died at the scene.

Police have not been able to formally identify the man, but it is believed he is a man in his 50s from Queensland.

Danger of drowning on Australia Day

The latest drowning marks the 40th fatality on coastal waters since the start of summer, according to Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA).

“All of those drownings have occurred in unpatrolled locations or outside patrol hours,” said chairman Chris Jacobson.

“We have some beautiful places all over the country…but about 5 percent of the coastline is patrolled by life-saving services.

“If you get into a crack [at an unpatrolled beach] don’t panic, don’t try to fight the crack… lie on your back, keep calm, look around and call for help.

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