Man, 23, drowns after he was swept into Melbourne’s Yarra River rapids just days after four died in beach tragedy at Phillip Island

Emergency services have recovered the body of a 23-year-old man who went missing after he was dragged off by the current into treacherous rapids.

The man was swimming with friends in Melbourne’s Yarra River at 7.20am on Sunday at North Warrandyte in the city’s north-east when the strong flow swept him away.

The body of the man from Wantirna South was found around 1.30pm after an extensive search by the Police Air Wing, Search and Rescue Squad and State Emergency Service.

The death comes just days after four people were pulled from the water at Phillip Island and later died. 

The four deaths was the worst drowning tragedy in Victoria in nearly 20 years and has brought the total drownings in the state this summer to 20.

‘It’s certainly an absolutely tragic, tragic event,’ Life Saving Victoria’s general manager, Liam Krige, said after the Phillip Island deaths.

‘It just goes to highlight that important safety messaging of making sure that when you are heading out to the coastline, you do prioritise heading to a patrolled location and you do prioritise water safety.’ 

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