A 44-year-old man has died after being dragged under water near a submerged stormwater pipe while surfing at Collaroy Beach on Monday afternoon. he was pulled from the water unconscious. CPR was performed on him. „We put him in the recovery position and spent a lot of time clearing his airway because he’d obviously swallowed a lot of water ,” a rescue person said. Police, paramedics and the CareFlight helicopter all arrived shortly after, and the man was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital on land, but could not be revived. The man’s death comes as large parts of NSW were today smashed by dangerous wind gusts that flipped cars, toppled trees and a rain deluge sparked some of areas’ worst flooding in decades.
The state continues to battle wild weather. Torrential rain has battered parts of NSW, including Syndey, prompting the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a Hazardous Surf Warning. There’s also a flood warning in place for several parts of the state. Ferry services between Sydney Harbour and Manly beach were cancelled early. In Woronora, in Sydney’s south, a caravan was picked up off the ground by the winds and flipped onto a giant fallen gum tree. Residents in Moruya were last night ordered to flee their homes.