Two men have drowned and a boy has been rushed to hospital after getting into trouble in the surf on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The men in their mid-30s were pulled from the water at Teewah Beach in Noosa North Shore about 2.30pm on Saturday but could not be revived.
The nine-year-old boy was taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
Craig McKenzie from Queensland Police said the men had been attempting to rescue children who had been swept by a wave.
“The children were wading in the shallows and got caught out by a rogue wave,” he said.
“As a result of that a number of children were dragged into the deeper water.
“A couple of the parents have gone in to rescue the children.”
Surf Life Saving Queensland said the drownings were among a concerning number of serious incidents on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
Regional operations manager Aaron Purchase said “today’s events are a tragic reminder to only ever swim between the red and yellow flags”.
“If you must swim at remote location, stay close to the beach and remain waist-deep,” he said.