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Fourth man drowns at Moonee Beach in a week

Macquarie National News

A 60-year-old man has drowned at Moonee Beach, north of Coffs Harbour, just days after three men drowned at the same spot.

Four paramedics and a helicopter crew were called to the scene around lunchtime after reports of a man missing in the water.

Witnesses pulled the unconscious man from the surf and started CPR until paramedics arrived.

But despite the best efforts of emergency services, he couldn’t be saved.

NSW Police say the man is a Swiss National.

Coffs Harbour City Council lifeguard Greg Hackfath tells Luke Grant the beach is particularly dangerous because it’s connected to a lagoon.

“Where the mouth hits the ocean is treacherous,” he says.

“Like all creeks and rivers on an outgoing tide, they’re just dangerous places.”

He is repeating calls for swimmers to stay between the red and yellow flags.

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