A father drowned while swimming with his family on Tuesday, just hours after a scuba diver died at a popular Sydney beach and a third man was pulled unconscious from the water in Perth.
The 45-year-old man from Bairnsdale was enjoying the first day of the new year with his wife and children in Paynesville, east of Melbourne, at 4.30pm on Tuesday when he began to struggle.
He was pulled from the water at 4.50pm but he was unable to be resuscitated and died at the scene.
Meanwhile, in Sydney, a man died after being pulled unconscious from the water at a beach in Clovelly.
The man, aged 34, was pulled from the water in the city’s east, just after 2pm on Tuesday.
Surf lifesavers and paramedics performed CPR on the man for more than 30 minutes but he could not be saved.
Hundreds of swimmers who flocked to the beach to celebrate the New Year could do nothing but watch on as the tragic incident unfolded in front of them.
A spokesman for NSW Ambulance said the man did not respond to a defibrillator and doctors on scene performed CPR for ‘quite some time’.
Officers from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command are investigating the incident
Western Australian police are investigating the suspected drowning death of another man, believed to be in his 20s.
Perth Now reported that Ambulance crews were called to Rockingham Beach, south of Perth, at about noon after the man was pulled from the water unconscious.
He was rushed to the Rockingham Hospital, but an ambulance spokesperson confirmed he died.
The publication reported witnesses said they saw the man free diving up to 50m offshore and that he had only been in the water for about 30 minutes.
A female witness was the one to notice the unconscious man and raise the alarm.
A report on all three drownings are being written up for Coroners.