Man drowns at Gold Coast Golf Club

April 19, 2022
Emma Castle

A 23-year-old man has died after accepting a drunken dare to swim to a fountain in a lake at the Emerald Lakes Golf Club. 

Witnesses said that the man was seen ‘floundering’ before disappearing below the surface.

Superintendent Geoff Sheldon of the Gold Coast Police told ABC that the man accepted a challenge from friends to swim in the Golf Club’s lake around 9:45pm.  

“He’s gone out, to swim out to a fountain,” he said.

“Mucking around with mates and he’s gone under the surface and drowned.” 

Police said he was retrieved approximately 10 minutes later and witnesses’ efforts to revive him with CPR were unsuccessful. 

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate him, but he died at the scene.

Superintendent Sheldon said it was a “tragedy”.

Sheldon said: “It would appear that he had been drinking in the afternoon and the fatal mix of alcohol and water seems to have taken another victim, unfortunately.”

In a statement, club director Christopher Bagley said management and staff were “extremely shocked and saddened” by the incident.

“Counselling is being provided to the staff, and we are co-operating fully with the police investigation,” he said.

Emerald Lakes Golf Course. Image: Facebook

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