Mother Watched Her Son And Husband Drown On Christmas Eve
A mother has watched two members of her family lose their lives at a notorious strip of beach on Phillip Island.
The woman from Cranbourne East in Melbourne witnessed her 20-year-old son and her husband die while they struggled against the surf.
Emergency services were called to The Colonnades after receiving reports of three males swimming in distress in the waters off The Boulevard at about 5.30pm on Monday evening.
The woman's 11-year-old son was able to swim to safety and pull himself from the water, but his older brother and his father died at the scene.
The young boy is now receiving treatment in hospital.
Woolamai Beach is known as a hot spot for strong rips and rough surf conditions.
Woolamai Beach surf lifesaving club had put a warning out to swimmers on its Facebook page just hours before the drowning tragedy, urging people to avoid the beach altogether.
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"Please DO NOT swim at Woolamai Beach today," the surf live saving club wrote on Facebook on Monday morning.
"Conditions are too dangerous and our volunteers are not on patrol."
The club also posted words of sympathy for the family after such a tragic incident occurred so close to Christmas.
"Our thoughts are with the family members of those who have passed away and those still receiving treatment," the club wrote on Facebook.
Woolamai Beach remains closed on Tuesday and surf live savers have encouraged beach goers to head to the nearby Smith's or Cowes Beaches instead.