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Tragedy as beachgoer drowns a day before her 28th birthday leaving her shattered family in ‘absolute shock’: One of Australia’s top lifeguards reveals the five steps to follow when caught in a rip

  • Lucinda McGrath, 27, drowned in Queensland 
  • She was found unresponsive at Bulcock Beach
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A beach-loving young woman has drowned just one day before her 28th birthday – with her mother left in ‘total shock’. 

Lucinda McGrath, 27, was pulled from the water, unresponsive, by beachgoers at Bulcock Beach in Caloundra, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, at about 3.45pm on Sunday.

Lifesavers rushed to perform CPR however Lucinda could not be revived and tragically died at the scene.

Lucinda’s mother, Lynelle McGrath, said her free spirited daughter ‘loved the beach’ and regularly travelled from her Zillmere, north Brisbane, home to camp around the Sunshine Coast, Courier Mail reports.

Brisbane resident Lucinda McGrath (above) drowned on Sunday, the day before her 28th birthday

Lucinda was pulled from the water by beachgoers at Bulcock Beach (above) on the Sunshine Coast but could not be revived

Lucinda was pulled from the water by beachgoers at Bulcock Beach (above) on the Sunshine Coast but could not be revived

She said her daughter liked to help her stay active and the pair would often go to the gym together.

‘She liked to organise me,’ Ms McGrath said. 

She revealed Lucinda had headed to the beach on Sunday with a work colleague to celebrate her upcoming birthday.

Lucinda worked as an assistant cabinet marker and was described as being a ‘bit blokey’ by family.

Lucinda’s cousin Jennifer Moy said the 27-year-old was ‘adventurous’, adding she ‘can’t imagine’ her life without her.

Another mourner wrote on social media: ‘Rest in Peace Lucy. Thank you for providing me with your free spirited vibes throughout high school.’

Some 48 drowning deaths have been reported around Australia this summer, according to Royal Surf Lifesaving’s toll. 

Mother Lynelle McGrath (right) said Lucinda (left) 'loved the beach' and regularly camped in the Sunshine Coast region

Mother Lynelle McGrath (right) said Lucinda (left) ‘loved the beach’ and regularly camped in the Sunshine Coast region

Lifeguards performed CPR on Lucinda until paramedics arrived but she could not be revived (pictured, emergency services at Bulcock Beach)

Lifeguards performed CPR on Lucinda until paramedics arrived but she could not be revived (pictured, emergency services at Bulcock Beach)

FIVE STEPS TO FLOAT TO SURVIVE

Waverley Council Lifeguard Service coordinator Bruce Hopkins told the Sydney Morning Herald learning how to float ‘could be the difference between life and death’ when swimming.

You can float by: 

1. Keep calm and control your breathing

2. Lean back

3. Extend your arms and legs

4. Gently rotate your arms and legs in a circular motion

5. Signal for help with your hand if you can

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