THE near-drowning of three children and a 54-year-old man in two separate incidents were some of the 15 rescues carried out by surf lifesavers on the Sunshine Coast yesterday.

The 54-year-old man was dragged out of the water at Noosa North Shore, and taken by ambulance to hospital in a stable condition.

A RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter had assisted this rescue, and also had been dispatched for surveillance of southern beaches, Surf Life Saving Sunshine Coast duty officer Sebastian De Paula said.

"Members of the public pulled him in, a lifeguard assisted at the beach and an ambulance took him to hospital," Mr De Paula said.

Shortly after this incident, three children were rescued at Double Island Point, about 2.30pm.

"The majority of (these) were outside flagged areas," Surf Life Saving Sunshine Coast duty officer Sebastian De Paula said.

He said while the "grim" cloudy weather had reduced beachgoer numbers, the swell had picked up.



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