The man was pulled unconscious from the surf and was treated by Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics at the scene.
The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter landed at a nearby school oval, where they met the patient.
He was then flown to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Support RACQ LifeFlight Rescue at the Hutchinson Builders Flying Forties LifeFlight Ball at Novotel Twin Waters, April 5. Join us at this black-tie event and help raise vital funds to keep the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters saving lives across the Sunshine Coast. Tickets available now at tinyurl.com/flyingfortiesball
LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation.
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