Oscar Serra dead at 22: Surfer passes away after fall from 6ft wave in Mexico

SURFER Oscar Serra has died after falling from a six-foot wave.

Lifeguards were able to pull the 22-year-old from the water after his fall, but were unable to resuscitate him, according to Euro News Weekly.

The surfer was practicing in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, on July 17 when the huge wave hit him.

He hit his head on the ocean floor, according to local media.

Serra was quickly rescued from the water but the medical staff was unable to resuscitate him.

The beach was then closed off so his body could be removed.

His death was also confirmed by The Spanish Surfing Federation who said in a statement: "A day of big waves in Zicatela [Puerto Escondido] today has given us a very hard blow.

"Our sincere condolences to family and friends for the loss of Óscar Serra. There are no words to describe so much pain, life is often unfair."

Men's Health reported that the beach in Oaxaca had been covered in red flags to alert beachgoers to dangerous water conditions.

"Surfers had taken the opportunity to try to govern the popular waves," it added.

Witnesses said that it was the first wave Serra had attempted to ride that day.

Footage posted on social media in the days following his death showed friends and family paddling out into the sea and forming a ring in support for the surfer.

"It was wonderful to be able to say goodbye to him like this," his partner Ainara Aymat wrote on Instagram.

She also shared an update from the last 42 days that the pair had spent together, writing, "I know he has not communicated with many people, he turned off his mobile and only picked up mine from time to time.

"I have thought of doing a mini report of your last month and a half," she wrote.

"I hope it helps you to see how happy you have been here."

The compilation showed photos of the couple smiling together, relaxing in forests and surfing together.

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