A pair of prominent Instagrammers have slammed surfers who, they say, stood by as a man drowned on a NSW beach.
A group of eight people, believed to be tourists, got into trouble at a beach near Tweed Heads on Monday afternoon.
Life guards rushed to save them but a 22-year-old man, Ravneet Singh Gill, was unable to be revived after he was hauled from the surf.
Witnesses to the tragedy have also been slammed by Dean and Sean Harrington, known as stunt duo, the The Mad Hueys, who claims people stood by and watched:
"To all those surfers yesterday at D’bah who watched two lifeguards me and my family save 6 people and one drowned F*** YOU if you see someone in trouble you HELP THEM and that kite boarder who nearly ran me over twice when I had an unconscious man in my arms you can get f***ed, some poor family has lost a life because people were standing around watching and doing f**k all, it’s fucking bullshit!!"
WARNING: Offensive language
Gill's death marks the 17th coastal drowning in the state since July and comes weeks after a teenager and 11-year-old boy drowned in separate incidents on the NSW mid north Coast.
Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steven Pearce says the latest tragedy reinforces the need for water safety warnings to be heard and understood.