The young boy had been swimming with a group in the Snowy River in Jarrahmond, in the state’s south-east, on New Year’s Day when he got into difficulty and slipped below the surface before 6pm.

Police and the State Emergency Service searched for the boy into the night but failed to locate him.

A body believed to belong to the missing child was found this morning.

Emergency services were contacted a short time later after three swimmers got into difficulty in rough waters near the mouth of the Gellibrand River about 10.40am.

Two men in a private helicopter assisted in the rescue of the three swimmers.

They landed their aircraft and started CPR on a 35-year-old man but he could not be revived.

Reports will be prepared for the coroner.

Water safety has become a significant concern across the country over the holiday periods, with a spate of drownings.

Source: 9News

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