KENNEBUNK, Maine — A 51-year old Massachusetts man died while surfing at Gooch’s Beach Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Police responded to Gooch’s Beach at Narragansett Point at 3:42 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 for a report of a surfer in distress. Police Lt. Eric O’Brien said that bystanders had started administering CPR to the man by the time police arrived. Once on scene, O’Brien said police responders attempted to resuscitate the man using an automatic external defibrillator.

Kennebunk Fire Rescue emergency personnel arrived on scene and transported the man to the hospital, where he later died.

Police do not know the circumstances surrounding the man’s death, but O’Brien said the Maine medical examiner is conducting an autopsy. He said police are awaiting the results, and they are not releasing the man’s identity pending notification of family.

He said there were other surfers in the water on Wednesday, and called the surf “moderate.”

“The surf was not larger than normal. It was enough for surfers to be out there,” O’Brien said, adding that there was no rip tide.

Police believe this was either an accident or a medical issue, O’Brien said.