NEAR DROWNING: A schoolie has been flown to hospital after he nearly drowned.
NEAR DROWNING: A schoolie has been flown to hospital after he nearly drowned. RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

Schoolie flown to hospital after near-drowning at beach

A TEENAGED school leaver has been flown to hospital after nearly drowning during beach celebrations.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called to transport the 16-year-old boy, after he was caught in a rip and nearly drowned this afternoon.

The teen had been on a camping trip celebrating the end of the school year with friends at Teewah Beach on the Noosa North Shore when the near-tragedy happened just after midday.

The rescue helicopter was on the beach by 12.30pm, while paramedics on the ground had been treating the boy until aerial support arrived.

An RACQ LifeFlight Rescue spokesman said the boy had "swallowed a large amount of water" but managed to drag himself back to shore before raising the alarm.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the boy was in a stable condition when he was flown to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for more treatment.

She said there had been no other schoolies incidents reported across the region so far today.


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