A MAN in his 40s drowned at a Kilcunda beach on Sunday morning – the third person to die at sea in the Bass Coast Shire this summer.
The man was scuba diving with friends at the unpatrolled Shelley Beach when he ran into trouble at around 10.50am.
Four helicopters were called to the incident, including the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Service, police and two air ambulances; as well as lifesavers from Woolamai.
The 45-year-old man was winched from the water by the air ambulance and although attempts were made to resuscitate him, he died at the scene.
Police say they will prepare a report for the Coroner.
Another man was also rescued and taken to the Wonthaggi Hospital for mild hypothermia and fatigue.
Nearby signage warns of strong currents, submerged objects and slippery rocks at Kilcunda.
It also encourages people to swim at Woolamai when it’s being patrolled by lifesavers, 15km down the road.
On Christmas Eve, two men drowned at a Phillip Island beach.
Another Bass Coast drowning