Two Australian men were drowned while trying to swim across a lake after drinking alcohol.
Police confirmed that the bodies of two men, aged 19 and 30, were found in the lake at Redleap Reserve, 19 km of Melbourne’s CBD in Mill Park, late on Sunday night.
Senior Sergeant Mark Smith said a large search-and-rescue operation was launched after a 21-year-old friend of the two victims tried to swim out and save the pair.
“He attempted to swim out and rescue his friends, and he started to feel the effects of water and alcohol himself,” Smith told reporters on Monday.
“He returned to shore and alerted passers-by to contact police.”
He said that the lake was about two meters deep.
“Unfortunately one of those mixtures of alcohol and the activity certainly don’t go together, and that’s probably been the major contributor at this stage,” Smith said.
Nathan Henderson, a former lifeguard who lives opposite the lake, said he tried to help after he heard screams.
“I ran downstairs and I could see the guy on the pier and he was just screaming for help,” Henderson told the media on Monday.
“I wasn’t sure what was going on, I went over and spoke to him and as soon as he said his friends had gone under a policeman had arrived.”
He said that he retrieved his surfboard to try and rescue the men.
“I jumped on the board, swam out trying to see if we could find anyone,” he said.
“The water is murky, there’s no clarity at all.”
“It was cold. It was probably three or four metres deep in the deepest part. I couldn’t see anything and we didn’t find anything unfortunately.”
Henderson said that in five years of living in that house he had never seen anyone go into the lake.
“There are signs everywhere… that say that the water’s contaminated, and just disgusting,” he said.
“I’ve never seen anyone who wants to go in.” Enditem