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41-Year-Old From Sydney, Australia Suddenly Dies While Surfing


A 41-year-old father from Sydney, Australia died suddenly during his regular surfing routine on July 15th.

Carl Robinson, a local real estate agent who was also well-known in the Cronulla bodyboarding circles, was paddling in the ocean when four other surfers saw that he had suddenly collapsed, his friend and colleague Liz Stevens told Yahoo News Australia.

(Translated): 15/7/22 Sydney: Carl Robinson 41, dies while surfing he was paddling in the water at the beach when four other surfers noticed him suddenly collapsing, they saw the father’s head in the water and realized something was wrong.

From Yahoo News Australia:

A 41-year-old dad who died suddenly during his regular morning surf has been remembered as a “kind and caring” man by his local community.

Carl Robinson, a local real estate agent and “big personality”, was paddling in the water at Cronulla beach at around 7am on July 15 when four fellow surfers noticed him suddenly slump over, his friend and colleague Liz Stevens told Yahoo News Australia.

It’s understood the surfers — including three teenage boys who often rode waves with Mr Robinson — saw the dad’s head in the water and rushed over to help after realising something was wrong.

Ms Stevens said the group jumped off their boards and worked to keep Mr Robinson afloat while they paddled him back to shore, performed CPR and alerted the lifeguards.

Despite their and paramedics’ best efforts, the 41-year-old died on the beach.

“Even though the outcome unfortunately wasn’t a good one, they gave it the best shot they could,” Ms Stevens said, adding that she’s been told by some of the teens’ parents that they were “very shaken” after the traumatic incident.

The Leader added:

Two 15-year-old boys, Chris and Jett, alerted lifeguards that Mr Robinson was in trouble. They stayed with him while emergency crews tried to revive him.

Chris’s mother Kyle Sargeant, said the teenagers were devastated and sorry they couldn’t do more.

“The boys never left his side,” she said. “They are very shaken and not back in the water. The hardest part was that they knew him and would say hi every morning in the water.”

A long-time friend and colleague of Mr Robinson’s, Liz Stevens, has launched the fundraiser on behalf of his family, including his wife Amy and two children, aged six and 13.

Sutherland Shire Property Agents, a real estate agency, paid tribute to Mr. Robinson.

“Farewell to my good friend Carl Robinson. You will be forever missed. Thank you for all the good times, for your generosity, and, for your friendship. I feel blessed and privileged to have been able to call you my friend. You will never be forgotten. We have lost a beautiful soul. I will miss you Carlo, RIP for eternity mate,” the agency wrote on Facebook.

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