Body of woman missing while fishing, found off Victoria’s south coast

The search for a woman who fell off rocks near a walk on Victoria’s south coast has come to a tragic end, with authorities finding her body Friday morning.

The 43-year-old woman from the Officer in the southeastern part of Melbourne fished with her family near the George Bass Coastal Walk at San Remo around 6 p.m. 10.50 Thursday when she fell into the water.

The search and rescue team found the woman's body in the waters off Half Moon Bay.

The search and rescue team found the woman’s body in the waters off Half Moon Bay. Credit:Simon Scluter

Victoria Police said Thursday that she was believed to have been swept away by rocks.

Authorities launched a search for the woman with the help of the police air force, Life Saving Victoria and an ambulance helicopter, but were still to find her at. 21.30 Thursday.

They resumed the search Friday morning and found her body in the water off Half Moon Bay near San Remo around 7:30 p.m.

Police said they would prepare a report for the forensic pathologist, and the woman’s death was not treated as suspicious.

Five drownings have been reported in Victoria since the beginning of the summer, and 61 in the last financial year.

The Royal Children’s Hospital confirmed on Friday that a two-year-old girl who was pulled unconscious from a pond at Footscray Park on Monday died at the hospital on Thursday.

The director of trauma services at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Professor Warwick Teague, said the toddler was away from her parents for a few minutes before she was found face down in the water.

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