Man drowns in surf off coast of Phillip Island

A man has drowned off the coast of Phillip Island after getting into trouble in the water on Monday – the second fatality at the beach in a week.

The man – who is yet to be formally identified – was swimming at Woolamai Beach when he was seen struggling in the water shortly before 5pm.

The man drowned at Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island. The man drowned at Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island. Photo: Craig Abraham

Rescue attempts to reach him were unsuccessful, and he died at the scene.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner. 

Indian-born student Hemant Govekar, 28, drowned off Cape Woolamai when he went for a swim on Christmas day.

Surfers saw  he was in trouble about 5.30pm on Sunday, but he quickly disappeared from sight.

The beach was closed on that day and there were no lifesavers on patrol at the time of the incident, with the conditions deemed unsafe for inexperienced swimmers.

More to come.

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