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Swimmer dies at Victorian beach

AAP logoAAP 4/01/2017 Kaitlyn Offer

A man has died after becoming distressed while swimming at a Victorian beach.

The man was swimming about 300 metres east of the life-saving club at Ocean Grove in the state's southwest when he got into trouble, Life Saving Victoria general manager Paul Shannon told AAP.

Members of the public alerted lifeguards on duty, who started CPR on the man at the beach before paramedics arrived, Mr Shannon said.

Emergency services were called to the beach about 3pm on Wednesday.

The Preston man believed to be in his 50s died at the scene, police say.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Mr Shannon said it was the first beach death of the year and reminded swimmers to know their limits and swim between the flags at patrolled beaches.

According to Life Saving Victoria's 2015-16 drowning report, there was a 27 per cent increase in the number of drownings involving adults aged 45-64 and a 40 per cent increase in adults 65 years and over.

Mr Shannon advised older swimmers to consider getting health checks before heading into the water to make sure they were capable of handling the surf.

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