Man, 39, drowns trying to swim across lake near university

Emergency service workers at the scene of a drowning in Pialba on Tuesday.
Emergency service workers at the scene of a drowning in Pialba on Tuesday. Contributed

A 39-YEAR-old Pialba man has drowned in a man-made lake near the Hervey Bay University of Southern Queensland campus.

The man and a male friend, 40, were both believed to have been drinking alcohol before making the decision to take a shortcut by swimming across the lake.

People at a nearby cafe were watching the two swim across when the 39-year-old went under and failed to resurface.

Several phone calls were made to emergency services, with fire crews and water police attending the scene.

A water craft was used to find the man's body, which was discovered about 2.50pm.

Sergeant Darryn Morris said initial investigations by police indicated the two men had been consuming alcohol before attempting to take a shortcut across the lake.

Sgt Morris said the water depth in the lake was between 1.2m and 1.3m and there was zero visibility for rescuers at the scene.

"Police are treating it as an accidental death," he said.

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