“We’ve had a extremely busy summer time this yr and seen incidents proper throughout Victoria’s shoreline … it highlights the necessity to stay vigilant round water – it is very easy to change into complacent.
“There was quite a lot of exercise in a really brief house of time. We’re simply the rescue aspect – we have to encourage individuals to maintain themselves secure earlier than they get to that time.”
The day’s first fatality occurred when a person in his 80s died after being pulled unconscious from the water at Rye entrance seaside earlier than a 45-year-old lady died and 5 others have been rescued after a bunch was swept off rocks at Bushrangers Bay close to Flinders.
A number of helicopters have been deployed to the dramatic scene at Bushrangers Bay at Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula the place two males had jumped into the water making an attempt to rescue a bunch of 4 ladies and ladies who have been swept into the ocean by a big wave.
Victoria Police confirmed the 45-year-old lady, a 47-year-old lady, a 19-year-old lady and a 13-year-old lady have been swept into the ocean about three.30pm. They have been adopted by two males, aged 28 and 47, who entered the water to help the group of 4 in misery.
A number of helicopters from Victoria Police, Life Saving Victoria and Air Ambulance scoured the water for the six individuals, alongside water police and native lifesavers.
All have been pulled from the water, together with the deceased lady. Paramedics transported the 5 survivors to hospital: 4 to Frankston Hospital and one to Rosebud Hospital.
In January 2019, Melbourne musician Jjay De Melo drowned whereas swimming with a pal at Bushrangers Bay.
In 2017 seven people were swept off the rocks by a large wave, with one man airlifted to hospital in a essential situation.
The day’s third drowning occurred on Wednesday night time at Venus Bay in Gippsland the place, police mentioned, a teenage lady was seen struggling within the water about 7.30pm and a lot of individuals entered the water to assist her. A kind of who went to assist, a lady in her 20s, received into hassle herself.
Police mentioned an off-duty lifeguard pulled the lady from the water and began CPR however couldn’t revive her.
All others concerned within the incident got here out of the water unhurt, together with the teenager who had initially been in misery.
Police will put together stories for the coroner for all three deaths.
In the meantime, police are additionally investigating after a three-year-old lady was pulled unconscious from Lysterfield Lake about 5.50pm on Wednesday. Emergency Providers labored on the lady and she or he was revived. She was transferred to the Royal Youngsters’s Hospital and remained in a essential situation on Thursday morning.
Emergency Providers Minister Lisa Neville mentioned her ideas have been with the households of all three victims and that Victoria had already seen a file variety of drownings this yr.
“Bear in mind to swim between the flags at patrolled instances, supervise kids, all the time swim with a pal and don’t drink and swim,” Ms Neville mentioned.
“Any loss of life on the water is one too many but we have already seen a file variety of drownings this yr.”
David Estcourt is a court docket and common information reporter at The Age.
Rachael Dexter is a breaking information reporter at The Age.