Man drowns at Fishermans Beach, Emu Park

NOON: A GROUP of beach walkers made a grisly discovery on Saturday when they found a Rockhampton man floating off an Emu Park Beach.

A Police Media spokesman yesterday said the man, 51, had drowned at Fisherman's Beach, near the Haven Road access point, about 3km from the Emu Park town centre.

The spokesman said a group of beach-goers were walking along the shore when they saw the man bobbing in the ocean face down.

Group members rushed out to recover the man's body and tried to administer CPR but he was already dead.

The spokesman said the man, who is from the Rockhampton suburb of The Range, had been drinking heavily on Saturday.

Police have notified the man's family.

Queensland Surf Lifesaving operations manager Craig Holden urged the public not to swim after drinking alcohol.

He said the incident could have been avoided if the man had been at a patrolled beach.

"Always remember to swim at patrolled beaches and keep within the flags," he said.

He said this was the second drowning on the Capricorn Coast in the past 18 months. The previous one was near Byfield.

SATURDAY, 4.30PM: A 35-YEAR-OLD man is believed to have drowned at Fishermans Beach, Emu Park. 

Queensland Ambulance Service responded to calls at about 2.50pm. 

Details of how the incident happened are not available at this stage. 



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