Swimmers rescue man

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Swimmers rescue man

Close call: the air ambulance took a young man from Venus Bay after he almost drowned on Christmas Day.

BYSTANDERS saved a man from drowning at Venus Bay’s Beach One on Christmas Day.

The 22-year-old Chinese student from Glen Waverley was pulled from the surf by members of the public after his inflatable boat, which he was sharing with three others, capsized.

All occupants of the boat were weak swimmers. Three were helped to shore by members of the public while the 22-year-old struggled to reach the beach.

After being rescued from the water, the man was resuscitated and helped by ambulance and police officers, and surf lifesaving members.

He was then flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition.

There were no official lifeguards on duty on Christmas Day but Simonetta Seri from the Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club attended the scene.

“When we got there, police and ambulance were on the scene and we worked on crowd control,” she said.

“He had two and a half litres of fluid sucked out of him but I understand he is recovering well in hospital.”

Christmas Day is the only public holiday between December and March when the beach isn’t patrolled.

Acting Sergeant Glen Rielly from the Wonthaggi Police attended the incident and is reminding people that pool toys are not made for the beach.

“These blow-up dinghies are a pool toy and are certainly not intended for four persons,” he said.

“These aquatic toys are made for pools and calm lakes and are built for two children, not four adults in the surf or open water.”

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