Search under way for missing snorkeller at Altona beach

A search is under way for a snorkeller who went missing near the pier on Altona beach on Saturday.

The snorkeller, believed to be a woman in her 20s, was in the water with friends near Altona Pier when she disappeared from view.

Altona Pier, near where the snorkeller was last seen. Credit:Paul Jeffers

Water police and surf lifesavers are scouring the water. A police helicopter is also on the scene.

The alarm was raised around 11.15am Saturday morning, according to a Victoria Police spokesman.

The search and rescue operation comes just days after Victoria recorded its deadliest period for drownings on record. Forty-two people have drowned since July last year, including seven in the past month. The death toll is well above the state’s five-year average.

Earlier this month, a 58-year-old man died near Angelsea after his boat overturned. The same a day, a man was pulled from the water near Barwon Heads but died at the scene.

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