Just over the weekends in Victoria, Australia, three separate drownings occurred at unpatrolled beaches. Two fathers drowned trying to save their sons, while another died during a snorkelling session with friends.
Around 12:30pm on Saturday, paramedics were called to a beach at Lorne on the Great Ocean Road. It appeared that a man was using a surfboard to help a 12-year-old boy to shore. When the Surf life savers arrived, they made used of an inflatable rescue boat to haul the boy’s father, who was in his sixties, unconscious from the water. According to John Mullen, the ambulance Victoria spokesman, when the paramedics arrived, they did their best to revive the man through CPR, but they didn’t manage to. He was pronounced dead at the scene. As for the son, he had swallowed water and suffered shock, but was taken to the hospital in a stable condition. According to the Life Saving Victoria (LSV), this beach at St George River, southwest of Lorne’s main beach, is not being patrolled. At the same time, it features a permanent rip flowing out of its narrow entrance.
The next incident occurred at 2:30pm at a beach in Rye, on the Mornington Peninsula. A man in his 30s, who had been snorkelling with his friends, was found unconscious in the water. Paramedics came to attend to him, but sadly, he also couldn’t be revived. Ambulance Victoria’s Ray Rowe stated that he was pronounced dead on the beach.
The third case was being alert to paramedics around 3.20pm, where a man in his forties had reportedly swum out, trying to save his 10-year-old son, who was caught in a rip. The man went missing in the waters at Golden Beach near Sale, in Victoria’s Gippsland region afterwards. It was only at 6pm that police confirmed that he was found. According to Jennifer Roberts, LSV spokeswoman, a total of 57 beaches across the state had been patrolled on Saturday. She reminded and urged all to keep a look out for signs as well as check the risks at any beach before getting in the water. Aside from that, she warned everyone never to swim alone, regardless of how good of a swimmer you are. “Every drowning death is a tragic occurrence. Every beach is inherently dangerous,” she emphasised. Check out the full details here.
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