A 21-YEAR-OLD man from Gatton has died after trying to save his mates from drowning in a swimming tragedy on the Noosa North Shore.
The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter flew to the aid of five Gatton men after they got into serious difficulty in surf on Saturday afternoon.
The men were holidaying with two other friends at Fresh Water, south of Double Island Point when five of them decided to use an inflatable pool as a boat to paddle out through the waves.
When the blow-up pool overturned, two of the men became caught in a rip and were swept out to sea, the other three got stuck in the break.
After attempting to rescue each other, three of the men scrambled to shore, while a 21 year old and his 25 year old mate were later pulled from the water.
Despite extensive efforts to resuscitate the 21 year old, who had attempted to save his friends, he could not be revived.
His 25 year old mate was unconscious when he was pulled to shore.
After treatment from the helicopter's flight doctor and flight paramedic, he survived the near-drowning.
He was airlifted, along with a 19 year old, to Nambour General Hospital by the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter.
Both were in a stable condition.
Two other men were taken to Noosa Hospital by road ambulance.
The death comes as lifesavers closed beaches on the Sunshine Coast during the week amid big surf and high tide warnings.
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