Three people are dead in separate incidents after a horror day of drownings in Victoria.
Two people died on the Mornington Peninsula yesterday, while a third died at Venus Bay in Gippsland.
In one incident, four people were swept off rocks at Bushrangers Bay near Cape Schanck, close to the southern-most point of the Peninsula, about 3.30pm on Wednesday.
"Two members of the public entered the water to assist," police said.
One woman died and five other people were rescued.
Police have not confirmed if the woman was one of the two people who attempted the rescue.
Four of the people were taken to hospital.
Bushrangers Bay Beach is unpatrolled and Life Saving Victoria says it is "moderately safe when waves are low, however stay on the bar and clear of the rocks, and rips against the rocks".
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The second death was that of a man aged in his 80s, who was pulled from the water at Rye frontbeach.
In Venus Bay, investigators have been told a young teenage girl was seen struggling in the water about 7.30pm.
A number of people went out to assist the girl but a woman in her 20s got into difficulty.
She was pulled from the water by off duty an lifeguard and CPR commenced but she could not be revived.
All other persons made it safely to shore including the teen who was checked by ambulance crews.
Police will prepare a report for the Coroner for all three deaths.
Meanwhile, another emergency was unfolding at a Narre Warren lake last night , with a three-year-old girl found unresponsive in the water.
The child was pulled from Lysterfield Lake about 5.50pm and taken to hospital in a critical condition.
A police investigation has been launched into the incident.
- with AAP