Two people are dead after separate drownings on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, while a child is fighting for life following another waterside emergency in outer southeast Melbourne.
In one incident, four people were swept off rocks at Bushrangers Bay near Cape Schanck, close to the southern-most point of the Peninsula, about 3.30pm on Wednesday.
“Two members of the public entered the water to assist,” police said.
One woman died and five other people were rescued.
Police have not confirmed if the woman was one of the two people who attempted the rescue.
Four of the people were taken to hospital.
Bushrangers Bay Beach is unpatrolled and Life Saving Victoria says it is “moderately safe when waves are low, however stay on the bar and clear of the rocks, and rips against the rocks”.
The second death was that of a man aged in his 80s.
He was was pulled from water unconscious at the popular Rye front beach in Tootgarook on Wednesday afternoon.
Both deaths will be investigated by a coroner.
Further east another emergency was unfolding at a Narre Warren lake, with a three-year-old girl found unresponsive in the water.
The child was pulled from Lysterfield Lake about 5.50pm and taken to hospital in a critical condition.
A police investigation has been launched into the incident.