Third Gold Coast drowning in two days

Third Gold Coast drowning in two days

A third person has drowned in the Gold Coast surf in the space of two days as several beaches close on the strip due to dangerous conditions.

The swimmer was pulled unresponsive from the water at 7:40am on Saturday at Mermaid Beach, south of Broadbeach.

It comes after a man and woman drowned following a late-night swim on Friday in big surf.

The pair were initially seen going into the ocean at Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach, about 9.20pm on Thursday.

A woman in her late 20s was found laying unresponsive on the beach about an hour later and emergency services were called. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The body of a man, believed to be in his early 30s, was found later on Friday night at Narrowneck.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Several beaches are closed on the Gold Coast due to dangerous conditions and swimmers are reminded to stay between the flags.

Beaches from Fourth Avenue in Burleigh to The Seaway are closed, while beaches from Burleigh to Rainbow Bay remain open but are being monitored.

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