Two die off Bass Coast, body found in Coburg’s Merri Creek


Two men have died after being pulled from the water in separate incidents on Victoria’s Bass Coast on Friday, adding to the state’s growing summer drowning toll.

Another man was found dead in a Melbourne creek.

Victoria Police said a man aged in his 20s died at Kilcunda Surf Beach after he was swept out to sea near the Bourne Creek Trestle Bridge about 8.30pm.

Two died in separate incidents off Bass Coast beaches on Friday.Credit: Justin McManus

“Officers have been told the man was with a group of friends in the water, when he tried to retrieve a pair of sunglasses and was swept away,” police said in a statement. “Sadly, the man was found unresponsive on the beach about an hour later.”

Nearby on Phillip Island, a man was pulled from the water off Surf Beach by passers-by just after 3.30pm.

CPR was commenced, but the man, who is yet to be formally identified, died at the scene. Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

In Melbourne, a man was discovered dead in Merri Creek in Coburg near Moreland Road about 2.30pm on Friday.

Police are appealing for public assistance to identify the man last seen wearing a light-coloured shirt, black shorts and black runners. Police are still investigating the man’s death – including the cause of death and whether it was suspicious.

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