Three useless, six rescued in Victorian water tragedies at Bushrangers Bay, Venus Bay and Rye


Police mentioned an off-duty lifeguard pulled the girl from the water and began CPR however couldn’t revive her. Victoria Police mentioned late on Wednesday they’d probe the dying and ship findings to the coroner.

Within the first drowning, police confirmed a person in his 80s was pulled from the water at Tootgarook about 4pm on Wednesday, however he was unable to be revived.

A number of helicopters had been deployed to a dramatic scene at Bushrangers Bay at Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula the place two males had jumped into the water attempting to rescue a gaggle of 4 ladies and women who had been swept into the ocean by a big wave.

Victoria Police confirmed a 45-year-old girl, a 47-year-old girl, a 19-year-old girl and a 13-year-old woman had been swept into the ocean about three.30pm. They had 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 had been pulled from the water, together with the deceased 45-year-old girl.

The same spot where the group of four were washed away, according to an eyewitness.

The identical spot the place the group of 4 had been washed away, in keeping with an eyewitness.

A witness, who didn’t want to be named, instructed The Age two males jumped in after the group to assist.

“They climbed to the rock, then [a] massive wave got here, and swept them off into the water,” they mentioned.

The witness mentioned the waves crashing in opposition to the rocks had been giant on the time of the incident.

Life Saving Victoria’s Normal Supervisor of Lifesaving Providers Liam Krige mentioned crews arrived on scene about 4pm and started winching two of the individuals to a close-by headland, the place they had been met by paramedics.

Air Ambulance and other emergency services on scene on Wednesday.

Air Ambulance and different emergency providers on scene on Wednesday.Credit score:9 Information Melbourne

Solely two individuals might be transported at a time as a result of capability of the helicopter, he mentioned.

“Within the interim, an LSV lifeguard paddled to 2 of the remaining swimmers, conserving them afloat on their rescue board whereas the helicopter crews continued the winching operation,” he mentioned.

“At round four.30pm, Air Ambulance additionally arrived on scene and commenced winching an additional individual from the water.

“Shortly after, Police Air Wing and Water Police arrived on scene by boat and picked up the ultimate two swimmers, the LSV lifeguard and a bystander who had entered the water to help.”

Aerial footage from the scene on Wednesday.

Aerial footage from the scene on Wednesday.Credit score:9 Information Melbourne

Paramedics transported the 5 survivors to hospital: 4 to Frankston Hospital and one to Rosebud Hospital.

Frankston hospital was treating the 47-year-old girl who was reported to be in a critical however steady situation on Wednesday evening, together with the 19-year-old girl and a 13-year-old woman.

Life Saving Victoria’s Mr Kriger mentioned he and his workers’s ideas had been with these affected by the tragedy.

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“This incident is a stark reminder of the significance of all the time exercising warning round water and by no means taking your eyes off the surf,” he mentioned. “Many people who find themselves rescued by no means deliberate on coming into the water.”

“Even once you don’t intend on swimming, you must by no means underestimate the facility of the ocean.

“Bushrangers Bay is an unpatrolled seaside situated at a distant stretch of shoreline, making it troublesome for emergency providers to entry if you happen to get into hassle.”

The seaside is thought for its harmful circumstances.

Bushrangers Bay will not be patrolled by Life Saving Victoria, according to beachsafe.org.au.

The service describes the 300m seaside as “reasonably secure” for swimming when waves are low.

“Nonetheless keep on the bar and away from the rocks, and rips in opposition to the rocks,” the recommendation reads.

In January 2019, Melbourne musician Jjay De Melo drowned whereas swimming with a buddy at Bushrangers Bay.

In 2017 seven people were swept off the rocks by a large wave, with one man airlifted to hospital in a crucial situation.

On the again of a record number of drownings last year, the Victorian authorities launched a marketing campaign focusing on the 2 most at-risk teams – youthful males from non-English talking backgrounds with restricted water abilities and “complacent” middle-aged males.

Venus Bay drowning

At Venus Bay south-east of Melbourne, police mentioned a teenage woman was seen struggling within the water about 7.30pm and numerous individuals entered the water to assist her. A kind of, a girl in her 20s, received into hassle herself.

The lady was pulled from the water by an off obligation lifeguard and he or she was given CPR however could not be revived.

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 experiences for the coroner for all three deaths.

In the meantime, police are investigating after a three-year-old woman was pulled unconscious from Lysterfield Lake about 5.50pm on Wednesday. Emergency Providers labored on the woman and he or she was revived. She was transferred to the Royal Kids’s Hospital and remained in a crucial situation on Thursday morning.

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