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One man dead, two critical after being pulled from water near Apollo Bay

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One man dead, two critical after being pulled from water near Apollo Bay

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One man has drowned and two men are in critical condition after swimming at Marengo, near Apollo Bay on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, on Sunday afternoon, despite the heroic actions of a passerby.

The three men got into trouble at about 1.15pm after getting in the water at the small coastal town’s beach, which is about 200 kilometres south-west of Melbourne.

One man has died and two others are critical after being pulled from the water near Apollo Bay on Sunday afternoon.

One man has died and two others are critical after being pulled from the water near Apollo Bay on Sunday afternoon.Credit: Nine News

Victoria Police said a female passerby dragged all three of the unconscious men, one by one, from the water and other beachgoers began CPR.

One man was declared dead at the scene while the other two were airlifted to hospital in critical condition.

The three men are yet to be formally identified.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Life Saving Victoria recorded 26 fatal drownings over the past summer – between December 1, 2023, and February 29, 2024 – the highest amount in that time period since records began 23 years ago.

“This is the highest number of lives lost to drowning in any summer period in Victoria since detailed record-taking began in 2000. To note, last year was the second-highest, with 24 lives lost in the summer,” LSV said.

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