Swimmer dies during Lorne Pier to Pub race
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Swimmer dies during Lorne Pier to Pub race

Competitors swimming in the 2019 Lorne Pier to Pub on Saturday.

Competitors swimming in the 2019 Lorne Pier to Pub on Saturday.Credit:Mark Dadswell

A 65-year-old Beeac man has died during the Lorne Pier to Pub open water swimming race.

Paramedics were called to the scene at about 2.50pm on Saturday minutes after he was pulled from the water, but were unable to save the man.

The Lorne Surf Life Saving Club issued a statement saying it was saddened about the man's death, but it would not provide further comment.

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“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the competitor,” the statement read.

The death cast a shadow over otherwise near-perfect conditions for the 39th edition of the annual event, billed as the largest open water swim in the world.

About 15,000 spectators flocked to see two teenagers from Queensland claim back-to-back titles against a crowded field of 5000 competitors who included swimming champions, AFL stars and even federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

Lani Pallister and Hayden Cotter were crowned champions for the second consecutive year.

Cotter clocked a time of 11:44 minutes, beating Sam Sheppard by 5 seconds and Matt Gilling by 28 seconds.

Earlier Sheppard had claimed the second edition of the Lorne 5000, a five-kilometre swim held in the morning across Louttit Bay.

Pallister stormed home in 12:20 minutes, with Zoe Whitfield second on 13:36 and Alex Brown 13:38.

Former Geelong Cats premiership skipper swam in Cameron Ling swam 22:23, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg 25:19.

Both were out-swum by the youngest swimmer at the event, 12-year-old Emily Lawson who clocked 20:18, while Dorothy Dickey, 88, swam 24:04.

Carlton Blues young gun Charlie Curnow swam a competitive 16:53.

More to come

Joe Hinchliffe reports breaking news for The Age.

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