Teenager dies, two injured in Christmas Day beach tragedy

A 19-year-old man has died, and another two were in hospital on Sunday night after a Christmas Day beach tragedy near Lorne on the Great Ocean Road.

Police said two young men tried to assist, but all three found themselves struggling in waters on Victoria’s south-west coast shortly before 6pm.

The group made it to shore, but collapsed on the beach, according to Victoria Police.

An off-duty doctor, surf lifesavers and police performed CPR and first aid before paramedics arrived.

The 19-year-old St Albans man died at the scene while a second man was airlifted to Royal Melbourne hospital in a serious condition.

Police said another young man was taken to a local hospital, and his condition wasn’t known.

The young men were all body surfing near the mouth of the Cumberland River, just south of Lorne, according to Victoria Police.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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