Australia Two deaths less than an hour apart on NSW Mid North Coast beaches on Easter Sunday
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A rain bomb is set to unload on Australia's east coast over Easter - but in welcome news, residents in Sydney and Melbourne are poised to escape the downpour. The news isn't as good for Brisbane residents, who are already enduring a coronavirus lockdown until Thursday evening, with heavy rainfall forecast over the break.Experts have predicted an average of 50mm along the Queensland coast.With continual drizzle forecast the next few days, Brisbane could see up to 25mm of rain on Easter Monday and Tuesday.
In a tragic Easter weekend on the New South Wales Mid North Coast, two surfers have died in separate incidents about 150 kilometres apart.
Both were pulled unconscious from the ocean within an hour of each other on Sunday afternoon.
In the first incident, a 64-year-old man is believed to have had a medical incident and was pulled from the water at Killick Beach at Hat Head, north of Port Macquarie, at about 4pm.
Other surfers and people on the beach conducted CPR until police and paramedics arrived but he was unable to be revived and died at the scene.
Staff at Brisbane hospital's coronavirus-infected ward in isolation
All staff who entered Ward 5D at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital between 8pm on March 23 and 12pm on March 26 must self-isolate - even if they did not treat Covid-positive patients.Hospital staff who worked in an infectious disease ward at the centre of two Queensland Covid-19 clusters have been forced into isolation.
A post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted this week to determine the cause of death and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
Less than an hour later, the region's rescue helicopter pulled an unconscious man from the surf at Minnie Water, about 150km further north.
The 48-year-old was taken to shore where CPR was performed but he too was declared dead at the scene.
Witnesses have been spoken to by police and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
'Swim between the flags'
Chris Samuels from Surf Life Saving NSW said the events were saddening and urged people to only swim at patrolled beaches.
"Two people [have died] in such a short amount of time," he said.
"Our thoughts go out to family and friends and the volunteers who have assisted with that.
"We just strongly urge people to always swim between the red and yellow flags, there's always a set of eyes watching you then."
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