Surfer dies in small waves in Yamba, New South Wales. Photo: Courtesy of Wikipedia

A 54-year-old Australian surfer drowned after being struck in the face by his board while riding small waves at Turners Beach in Yamba, New South Wales.

The man, who has yet to be identified by authorities, was found unconscious late Wednesday by other surfers shortly after the incident, according to the Northern Star.

“He was surfing on his own within 20 meters of three other surfers and at some stage he caught a wave and fell off his board, and the board hit him in the bridge of the nose,” Clarence Valley lifeguard supervisor Greg Wyllie said.

“The three surfers and a lifeguard all responded in a synchronized manner to the man, who was face-down in the water, within two minutes and brought him to shore.”

A vacationing paramedic and nurse helped the lifeguard in trying unsuccessfully to resuscitate the man who was said to be a maintenance specialist for Yamba real estate agencies. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

According to the Daily Examiner, it was the first drowning on a Clarence Valley beach since 2010.

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