The 29-year-old spear fisherman who died after being pulled from the water on Thursday afternoon in North Bondi has been identified.
Louis Touma was spearfishing and free diving off the rocks with a group of five friends around 4 p.m. when he went missing.
His friends assisted in pulling him unconscious from the water onto the rocks and desperately performing CPR until emergency personnel arrived.
He was rushed to shore on a jet ski before being taken in critical condition by paramedics to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he died.
A care flight helicopter brought his five friends to shore, where they were treated for shock.
According to NSW Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchanan, the group had a traumatic experience.
He told 2GB Radio that “NSW Ambulance paramedics were called in to treat a man who’d been spearfishing with friends.”
“The medical team from the Toll Ambulance Helicopter landed on Bondi Beach, where they treated the man alongside NSW Ambulance intensive care and special operations paramedics.”
“This was a traumatic experience for this man’s friends, and we applaud their prompt response in attempting to help their friend.”
Tributes were pouring in for the “absolute gentleman” and “as humble as they come.”
Eastern Suburbs Police officers have begun an investigation into the incident’s circumstances.
A report will be prepared for the Coroner’s information.