A 23-year-old man has drowned after being swept into the rapids of the Yarra River in Melbourne just days after four died in a Phillip Island beach tragedy.

Emergency services have found the body of a 23-year-old man who went missing after being dragged by the current into treacherous rapids.

The man was swimming with friends in Melbourne’s Yarra River at 7.20am on Sunday in North Warrandyte, in the city’s north-east, when he was swept away by a strong current.

The body of the Wantirny South man was found at around 1.30pm following an extensive search by the police air wing, search and rescue and the state emergency service.

The death comes just days after four people were pulled from the water at Phillip Island and later died.

The four deaths were Victoria’s worst drowning tragedy in almost 20 years, bringing the state’s total to 20 this summer.

«It’s definitely an absolutely tragic, tragic event,» Life Saving Victoria general manager Liam Krige said after the Phillip Island deaths.

«It just highlights the important safety message that when you’re heading to the coast, prioritize going to a guarded location and prioritize water safety.»

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