Surfer Dies At Nazare
Portuguese media are this morning reporting the death of a surfer at Nazare's Praia do Norte.
The surfer, Brazilian Marcio Friere, who was 47-years old, went into cardiac arrest in the surf and, despite attempts to revive him, died on the beach. Friere was a past nominee for the WSL's 'Ride Of The Year' at the WSL's Big Wave Awards, and a sometime tow partner to Lucas 'Chumbo' Chianca, who was with him during the incident.
According to the Mário Lopes Figueiredo, the captain of the Port of Nazaré, Marcio Freire “was towed to the beach by a colleague on a jet ski, already in cardio-respiratory arrest."
“Unfortunately, none of the life support maneuvers were successful, and death was eventually declared on the spot."
Figueiredo said the incident was “the first death linked to surfing in the big waves of Praia do Norte”.
Website SurfTotal are claiming Friere wasn't wearing an inflatable vest when he was held down and lost consciousness, triggering the cardiac arrest:
"With the swell rising, Marco decided, together with some Brazilian friends, to tow in in the afternoon, the waves were already much bigger, but according to testimonies Marco was not carrying his inflatable vest. Despite having another normal vest, over his suit, and after falling into a big wave at 16:15 minutes, the experienced Brazilian surfer could not resist an apnea, having lost consciousness, being rescued by Lucas Chumbo who brought him into the sand, having started the resuscitation process."
"Unfortunately, resuscitation did not bring Marco Freire back to consciousness, and he ended up dying on the spot."