Two swimmers in critical condition after group rescued from Phillip Island rip

Krystal Johnson

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.

One person is listed as being in serious condition after a group of swimmers were rescued from a rip in Victoria. Photo: 7 News
The group is believed to be a family and Ambulance Victoria received calls for help at 7:32pm and airlifted two critical patients to hospital. Photo: 7 News

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.

Onlookers watched lifeguards perform CPR on the beach in an attempt to save the family. Photo: 7 News

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.