UPDATE Wednesday, December 14, 9am:
POLICE search and rescue divers last night found the body of a man who went missing in the Ovens River.
The 27-year-old Malaysian national, who was working as a fruit picker in the area, was swimming with friends near Nimmo Bridge at Myrtleford yesterday afternoon when he drowned in a deep section of the river.
Acting Sergeant Luke Hawking of Wangaratta said it took the rescue divers around 20 minutes to find the man’s body.
“That area has an unpredictable current and it’s very cold,” he said.
“I think the coldness of the water could have been a significant factor.
“People just need to make sure they’re swimming safely.”
UPDATE Tuesday, December 13, 4pm: Police divers have turned their attention to recovering the body of a 27-year-old man who went missing after swimming in a deep section of the Ovens River this afternoon.
Police believe the man, a Malaysian national, was swimming with a group of friends when he entered a deep section of water about 150 metres upstream of Nimmo Bridge in Myrtleford and did not resurface.
Police and paramedics attended the scene around 2pm, and police divers are on their way from Melbourne to search the river.
It is understood the group of friends were all international travellers who spoke little English.
More to come.