Two people are in a critical condition after a group of seven swimmers were pulled from a rip at Cape Woolamai on Phillip Island in Victoria.
Off duty Surf Life Savers pulled the group from the ocean around 7:00pm yesterday as they performed CPR on the beach before paramedics arrived.
Five of the swimmers were taken to hospital needing emergency treatment.
A 34-year-old woman and 27-year-old man were flown to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne in a critical condition and on of those patients is listed as serious.
Two men were taken to Wonthaggi Hospital but one of those patients, a man in his 20s, conditions deteriorated and he was airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious condition, an Ambulance Victoria spokesperson told Yahoo7.
Another woman aged in her 20s was also taken to Wonthaggi Hospital after she told paramedics she was feeling ill just before 11pm.
She is in a stable condition.
Yahoo7 have contacted Ambulance Victoria for further comment after they received calls for help 7:32pm.
A witness said a group of 10, believed to be family, was swimming when seven of them started to struggle, The Herald Sun reported.
A bystander said that if the surfers not been there to rescue them “they all would have drowned", the publication said.
"They couldn't swim, all I could see were two hands bobbing out of the water trying to get help," he told the Herald Sun.