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4 Indians, three woman & a man, die in mass drowning at Australia’s Philip Island beach

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4 Indians, who had been allegedly swimming at an unpatrolled location, died after drowning on the Phillip Island seashore in Australia’s Victoria.

Amongst those that died in a mass drowning incident close to Forrest Caves Seaside in Melbourne had been three lady and a person. One of many ladies was from Punjab’s Phagwara.

“Heart breaking tragedy in Australia: 4 Indians lost their lives in a drowning incident at Phillip Island, Victoria. Deepest condolences to families of the victims. The team of the Consulate General of India in Melbourne is in touch with friends of the deceased for all necessary assistance,” the Indian Excessive Fee in Australia knowledgeable in a put up on X.

In accordance with information.com.au report, the victims – a person and two ladies of their 20s, and a lady in her 40s – had been from an prolonged household and so they had been discovered unresponsive within the water on Wednesday afternoon.

The off responsibility lifeguard obtained misery calls round 3:30 pm (native time) on 24 January, reporting 4 people in misery within the water. “They tried desperately to save the group,” the report added.

The person and two ladies died on the scene, whereas the third lady aged in her 20s was rushed to The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, police mentioned. Later, she additionally succumbed to her accidents.

The 43-year-old lady who died of drowning was holidaying in Australia, Victoria Police Japanese Area Assistant Commissioner, Karen Nyholm mentioned, including that the opposite three victims lived within the Melbourne suburb of Clyde.

Emergency companies are believing that the group was wading within the water earlier than being caught in a rip.

Who’re 4 Indians drowned in Australia?

As per a report in Punjab Information Specific, one of many deceased lady has been recognized as one Reema, who is claimed to be the daughter-in-law of Phagwara industrialist Om Sondhi.

The report quoted former councillor Vijay Sondhi, elder brother of Om Sondhi, saying together with Reema, her husband Sanjeev and his brothers went to Australia for a trip. Reema’s sister Suhani (22) and a brother, each residents of Solan in Himachal Pradesh, additionally drowned within the mishap. Sanjeev was nevertheless rescued by the native police, the report added.

The report additionally quoted police as saying it appeared to be a bunch of about 10 individuals.

Thought of to be a well-known vacationer vacation spot, Forrest Caves Seaside is thought for its sea caves, however has additionally earned a popularity amongst locals as a deadly swimming spot, devoid of lifeguard patrols.

With inputs from businesses

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