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Tragedy as man drowns at Aussie beach

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Several children were taken to hospital after an incident at a Tasmanian beach which had strong currents on Sunday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Martin Ollman

A man has died and children have been taken to hospital after an incident at a Tasmanian beach on Sunday.

Emergency services were called to Cooee Beach near Burnie, 100km west of Launceston, about 4.30pm.

The man, in his 50s, and several children were “experiencing difficulty in strong currents”, a Tasmanian police spokesperson said.

Surf lifesavers and other emergency services were called, but despite attempted CPR, the man died at the scene.

The children were taken to the North West Regional Hospital for observation.