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23-year-old man dies after being swept into Yarra River

The drowning of the young man comes just days after four people were pulled from the water at Phillip Island, in Victoria's worst beach tragedy in nearly 20 years.

The body of a 23-year-old man has been found after search for the missing swimmer in Warrandyte, Melbourne’s northeast.

Victoria Police were called to Osbourne Rd, Warrandyte North, about 7.20am on Sunday after receiving reports that a man, who had been swimming in the Yarra River with three friends, had gone missing.

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Police beleive that the Wantirna South man had been swept away by fast-moving rapids.

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His friends raised the alarm when they noticed that the young man was no longer with them.

Local Police along with Air Wing, Search and Rescue Squad and State Emergency Service searched the surrounding area.

On Sunday afternoon Victoria Police confirmed a body had been found just before 1.30 pm.

The deceased is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be the Wantirna South man that went missing.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

The drowning of the young man comes just days after four people were pulled from the water at Phillip Island, in Victoria’s worst beach tragedy in nearly 20 years.

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The drowning of the 23-year-old man brings the state drowning toll to 20, since the start of the summer period on December 1, 2023.

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