By Luke Voogt
Two men have died in two separate incidents off the Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast during the Australia Day long weekend.
A man died after he was pulled from the water at Thirteenth Beach in Barwon Heads on Saturday afternoon.
A Victoria Police spokesperson said the man was swimming with two others about 5pm when they got into difficulty in the water.
“A boy and a girl were assisted back to shore while the man was winched out of the water by chopper,” the spokesperson said.
“CPR was commenced onshore but he died at the scene.”
Earlier that afternoon lifesavers found a man dead in water off Anglesea.
Two men were out in a small boat just after 2pm when their vessel overturned. One man made it back to shore to raise the alarm.
Lifesavers later found his companion, a 58-year-old man, and attempted to revive him but he died at the scene.
Police will prepare reports for the coroner for both incidents.