A 60-year-old man from Grafton has drowned after attempting to save two of his granddaughters from a rip at a beach north of Coffs Harbour.

Emergency services were called to Wooli Beach around 1pm yesterday following reports that a man aged in his 60s had been pulled from the water and was unresponsive.

Geoffrey Blackadder, from Grafton, was reportedly on a day trip with his family when two  of his granddaughters became trapped in a rip just offshore. The children were approximately 25 metres from the safety flags.

Surf lifesavers managed to rescue the two girls, but Mr Blackadder was unconscious when he was pulled from the surf. CPR was performed but he died on the scene.

Surf Life Saving NSW spokesperson Liam Howitt said the rip was “a really sudden event” and that the lifeguards “reacted very professionally in what was a really distressing situation”.

Blackadder’s family have set up a GoFundMe to pay for his funeral.

Including Blackadder, three men died in seperate drowning incidents on Boxing Day in New South Wales.

Source: The Australian.

Photo: Triple M.