Fears grow for missing Lake Eildon swimmer

Fears are growing for a swimmer who disappeared in a lake in Victoria’s northeast on New Year’s Day.

The 34-year-old man was swimming with friends at Lake Eildon near Jerusalem Creek Track when he ran into difficulty and disappeared underwater about 4.30pm on Sunday, according to police.

His friends raised the alarm and emergency services scoured the lake into the evening before the search was suspended. The search resumed with the help of police divers on Monday.

Four people have drowned in Victoria since Christmas Day.

Life Saving Victoria rescued 28 of people across the state on New Year’s Day, and helped 23 people on New Year’s Eve.

There were 173 rescues between December 25 to January 1, according to the state’s life-saving service.

A 17-year-old was among the four people, including a five-year-old girl, who drowned during the scorching Christmas period.

Nick Maan, from Pakenham, was pulled unresponsive from the water at a Mordialloc beach about 4pm on Boxing Day.

A 19-year-old St Albans man also drowned at Cumberland River, near Lorne, on Christmas Day, while another man died on Boxing Day after being pulled from Lake Hume near Albury, in Victoria’s northeast.

Five-year-old Alison Johns died at Nagambie on Tuesday. The little girl was reported missing in Lake Nagambie at Beckley Park about 2.20pm where she had been with family.

Her mother, Rebecca, has paid tribute to the little girl.

“She really loved anything and everything. She cherished every moment in life and never let anything stand in her way. She was truly the ray of shine in everyone’s eyes,” she said of her daughter.

with Lachie Abbott

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