Christmas Eve drowning tragedy as two men, 45 and 20, die in treacherous surf after getting into difficulty
- Two men, 20 and 45, drowned in treacherous surf in Christmas Eve tragedy, VIC
- A 45-year-old was pulled from the water but resuscitation was unsuccessful
- A third young boy managed to swim to shore and was taken to Monash hospital
Two men drowned after becoming caught in a treacherous surf on Christmas Eve, while a boy was taken to hospital.
The two men, one aged 20 and the other aged 45, were swimming at a Phillip Island beach in Victoria, when they got into difficulty.
Multiple distress calls were made to emergency services at around 5.30pm on Monday.
Two men have tragically drowned after becoming caught in a treacherous surf on Christmas Eve, while a third boy was taken to hospital (stock)
Paramedics performed CPR on the older man when he was pulled from the surf, but they were unable to resuscitate him, the Herald Sun reported.
The second man was also pulled from the water and pronounced dead at the scene.
A 12-year-old boy was able to swim to the shore and was taken to Monash Children’s Hospital by ambulance in a stable condition.
Earlier in the day Woolami Beach Surf Lifesaving Club had told people to avoid the beach.
In a Facebook post they wrote: ‘Please DO NOT swim at Woolamai Beach today. Conditions are too dangerous and our volunteers are not on patrol.’
The 4.2km stretch of beach has strong rips close to the shore and only strong swimmers should attempt to swim there, according to Beachsafe.
Police will investigate the incident and prepare a report for the coroner.
Police will investigate the incident and prepare a report for the coroner