Date PostedMarch 18, 2017

Alcohol Thought to Have Played a Part in Lake Drownings

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A tragic tale of alcohol and swimming has reminded us of the dangers of the practice. Two men recently drowned, it is believed they were trying to swim across a lake in Melbourne’s north after consuming alcohol.

The lake is not suitable for swimming and is contaminated but the 2 men, one in his thirties and the other nineteen, were drinking alcohol with friends when they decided to cross the lake.

A friend who had been drinking with the men tried to rescue them but started to feel the effects of water and alcohol himself, forcing him to return to the shore.

A former lifeguard who lives nearby rushed to try and rescue the two but was unable to recover either man.

The bodies of the 2 men were pulled from the water by police divers later than evening.


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