Wednesday 18 October 2017

Body of Irish tourist recovered from Melbourne river by police divers

THE body of a man, which Melbourne police divers located in the Yarra River, is believed to be Irish.

The body was located in about two metres of water near the Princes Bridge, around 12.30am.

Police had been searching for a man who allegedly jumped off the river bank as a prank near Melbourne's Federation Square just after 9pm Tuesday night.

The man is yet to be formally identified.

It's understood two Irish tourists decided to try to swim across the river near Federation Square about 9pm.

One was rescued by a passerby – a local waiter - when they got into trouble.

The waiter's actions were said to be heroic by paramedics.

The rescued swimmer has been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, suffering hypothermia. Comments Facility

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