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A man in his 50s has been pulled from the water after he drowned in Crescent Head NSW.

People drown at popular surf spots after being pulled unconscious from the water

A man in his 50s drowns in popular surf town Crescent Headage, pulled from the surf 51 dead across Australia

A Queensland man has died on a beach near the popular NSW surf town of Crescent Head – taking the summer’s national drowning toll to 51.

The 50-year-old man is believed to have been pulled unconscious from the water at Delicate Nobby around 5pm on Tuesday, police said on Wednesday.

Beachgoers performed CPR until police and paramedics arrived but the man died at the scene.

He has not yet been formally identified but is believed to be a Queensland man in his 50s.

An aerial view over Crescent Head – with the main surf break to the north

The death is the 20th in NSW and 51st nationally since December 1, according to Royal Life Saving’s summer drowning numbers.

Three out of every four are men or boys.

It comes as Surf Life Saving Australia warns that the risk of drowning on the Australia Day public holiday is four times higher than any other day of the year.

Adam Weir, chief executive of the SLSA, suggested that there was a growing danger from increased alcohol consumption and overcrowded beaches, causing people to seek out less populated but uncrowded locations.

“We’ve lost 28 people on our coastline this summer alone, all drowning deaths outside red and yellow flags, either in unprepared locations or outside patrol hours,” Mr Weir said.

Rip currents are the biggest concern and are believed to contribute to at least half of the drowning deaths during the holiday season.

Seventy-five drownings were recorded nationally from December 1 to January 24 last summer.

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