A KOREAN man is recovering in hospital after almost drowning off Point Lookout on the weekend.
Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club patrol captain Joel Di Trapani said the man, aged in his 50s, was fishing with three friends off the north wall of North Gorge when he fell into the surf at about noon on Saturday.
He was floating but unconscious and not breathing by the time a surf club rescue boat arrived.
The man was taken back to Main Beach, where surf club members performed CPR and Point Lookout doctors administered shots of adrenaline before paramedics arrived.
A defibrillator and further shots of adrenaline were used to revive the man, who was then airlifted by Emergency Management Queensland helicopter to Princess Alexandra Hospital.
He remains at the hospital in intensive care, but is able to breathe without assistance.
Uncertainty remains over how the man fell into the water; one witness said he lost his balance while reeling in a fish, while another said he had snagged the line and was grabbing equipment when the incident happened.
Mr Di Trapani said he had “never been more proud” of club members after the rescue.
“It was the perfect rescue and perfect resuscitation,” he said.
“Everyone was cool, calm and collected and I’ve never been more proud to be a member of Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club.”
The rescue was only one part of an especially busy weekend for Point Lookout surf life savers, with three other people treated for serious injuries.
Later in the afternoon a teenage girl was airlifted after suffering water inhalation.
One surfer was rescued with a broken collarbone and another suffered a fin chop to the leg.
Rough conditions on Sunday also forced a mass rescue of beachgoers from Main Beach.
EMERGENCYcrews respond to a near-drowning at Point Lookout on Saturday. Photo by ALISON MULLER
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