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Man drowns snorkelling at Gordons Bay

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Sydney's iconic Gordons Bay is known as the city's best snorkelling spot according to website Mr Weekender.
Sydney’s iconic Gordons Bay is known as the city’s best snorkelling spot according to website Mr Weekender.

Despite the best efforts of off-duty lifesavers, lifeguards and paramedics attempts to revive a man in Sydney’s East on Monday afternoon were unsuccessful.

It is not known how the man got into difficulty while in the water after he was found submerged by a fellow swimmer at around 5.40pm yesterday.

Fairfax media said the man was a 27-year-old who had been snorkelling with friends and was known by the name ‘Lucky’.

He was pulled onto the nearby rocks where two off-duty members of Clovelly Surf Life Saving club commenced initial CPR treatment.

Beachgoer Lauren Williams told Fairfax media, ‘There was a commotion in the water and some snorkellers pulled out a man who was passed out.

‘I called a doctor friend over … and there were a few doctors and nurses on the beach at the time who started performing CPR,’ Ms Williams said

Lifeguards from Maroubra, NSW Paramedics, and the Surf Life Saving duty officer were also quickly on the scene.

The NSW Ambulance Helicopter was also attended along with a doctor on board.

The responders worked on the man for approximately half an hour but all efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he was declared dead at the scene.

Circumstances surrounding the incident will now be referred to the coroner for further investigation.

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