Couple's holiday ends in tragedy
A VICTORIAN woman has died after being swept away by a powerful rip at Inskip Point, south of Maryborough.
The woman, 35, was dragged ashore by her boyfriend after being sucked out to sea by the rip in front of the Dorrigo Campground, on the Inskip Peninsula about 4km north of Rainbow Beach, about 8.30am on Tuesday.
An off-duty police officer helped the man perform CPR on the woman, who was airlifted to Nambour Hospital where she died late on Tuesday night.
Tin Can Bay paramedics said the pair had managed to get the woman’s heart beating again but she was not breathing when the AGL Rescue helicopter arrived at the scene, an hour after she lost consciousness in the surf.
Rainbow Beach lifesavers have warned swimmers to take care in dangerous surf following the tourist’s death.
They advised visitors to swim only between the flags and said flash rips had been occurring frequently recently.
Large seas in the past week have stirred up sand on the ocean floor, leaving it soft and unstable, which causes sand movements and creates flash rips.
Inskip Point is one of the most popular camping destinations in Qld, attracting thousands of campers, including many from the Fraser Coast, each year, particularly at Easter and Christmas.