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Louis Touma dies while spearfishing at Bondi Beach

Spearfisherman, 29, who died in horror scenes at Bondi Beach despite friends’ desperate attempts to save him is remembered by his loved ones: ‘Our hearts are broken’

  • Louis Touma, 29, died after getting into trouble while spearfishing in Sydney 
  • He was pulled from the water at Bondi Beach around 4pm on Thursday  
  • His friends attempted CPR on him after they pulled him onto the rocks
  • Mr Touma was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital but he was unable to be saved 

A spear fisherman who died after being pulled unconscious from the water at a popular Sydney beach has been remembered as a ‘humble gentleman’.

Louis Touma, 29, had been diving with five others at Bondi Beach on Thursday afternoon when he failed to come up for air.

His friends dragged him onto the rocks and desperately performed CPR before he was rushed to shore on a jetski by lifesavers.

Mr Touma was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital but was unable to be saved. 

The spear fisherman who died after being pulled unconscious from the water at Bondi Beach on Thursday has been formally identified as Louis Touma (pictured), 29

Mr Touma had got into trouble while he was spearfishing at North Bondi

Mr Touma had got into trouble while he was spearfishing at North Bondi

Tributes have since poured in for the 29-year-old. 

‘I had the pleasure to know this gentleman. The man was as humble as they come. His life cut way too early. My condolences go out to his family. R.I.P Louis,’ one wrote.

‘The world is a little less brighter without Louis in it,’ said another.

‘My heart is broken,’ added a third. 

Mr Touma was found unconscious and was pulled to the out of the water and onto the rocks before his friends performed CPR

Mr Touma was found unconscious and was pulled to the out of the water and onto the rocks before his friends performed CPR

His five mates were brought to shore by a careflight helicopter and treated for shock. 

‘This was a very traumatic experience for this man’s friends and we commend their quick response in trying to assist their friend,’ NSW Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchanan said.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death is underway.

Five other people who had been spear fishing with the man were assessed by NSW Ambulance paramedics at the scene

Five other people who had been spear fishing with the man were assessed by NSW Ambulance paramedics at the scene

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