Man, 23, drowns after he was swept into Melbourne’s Yarra River rapids just days after four died in beach tragedy at Phillip Island

Emergency services have recovered the body of a 23-year-old man who went missing after being swept away by the current in treacherous rapids.

The man was swimming with friends in Melbourne’s Yarra River at North Warrandyte in the city’s north-east at 07:20 on Sunday when the strong current swept him away.

His friends alerted the police when they realized he had been separated from the group and an extensive search was launched.

The police air wing, search and rescue team and state emergency services were called to assist with the efforts before the body of a man from Wantirna South was found at around 1.30pm.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, but has yet to be formally identified.

The body of a 23-year-old man was pulled from the water of the Yarra River in Melbourne's north-east on Sunday morning (photo, police at the scene)

The body of a 23-year-old man was pulled from the water of the Yarra River in Melbourne’s north-east on Sunday morning (photo, police at the scene)

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

It comes just days after four family members died after being pulled from the waters off Phillip Island.

The tragedy is Victoria’s worst in almost 20 years and brought the total number of drownings in the state this summer to 20.

“It’s certainly an absolutely tragic, tragic event,” Life Saving Victoria chief executive Liam Krige said after the Phillip Island death.

‘It just emphasizes that important safety message to make sure that when you’re heading to the coastline, you prioritize going to a patrolled place and you prioritize water safety.’

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