Rescuers clearly distressed as mum slips away
Two paramedics worked tirelessly in tandem to resuscitate a woman pulled from the surf at Coolum Beach this morning, a witness said.
The witness, who did not wish to be named, was on her morning walk near First Bay about 6.45am, when she saw the emergency services desperately trying to save the woman.
Two surfers had pulled the woman, 34, from the water after they saw her "floating unconscious".
With the help of off duty lifesavers, they performed CPR until Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics arrived soon after to take over.
"They were just working so hard," the witness said of the collective effort.
"Two paramedics tag teaming for ages. It felt like more than an hour.
"We were just hoping and hoping.
"They weren't giving up on her.
"It was incredible work from them, going hell for leather for so long."
Tragically, the Toowoomba woman died at the scene.
It's understood she was on the Sunshine Coast with her family for the September school holidays.
"It's so sad," the witness said.
"The surfers who pulled her out were pretty upset.
"It was tragic."
Surf Life Saving Queensland Sunshine Coast regional manager Aaron Purchase said the conditions were rough from a combination of rips and north westerly winds.
Mr Purchase said it was too early to tell what went wrong.
"She was observed to be unconscious in the water when she was brought in," he said.
"Whether it was a medical condition or something else or just got into difficulty it's too early to tell."
A report will be prepared for the coroner.