Ambulance Victoria

Holiday tragedy as man drowns at popular waterfall

A MAN has drowned at a popular waterfall in the Grampians National Park.

Police were called to MacKenzie Falls at Zumsteins just after 5.00pm on Boxing Day following reports a man had fallen into the rock pool.

A witness entered the water and attempted to rescue the man however was unable to reach him.

The body of the man, a 27-year-old New Zealand national, was recovered by Police Search and Rescue shortly before 1am this morning.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Hospital

Girl, 8, dead after being hit by car

AN EIGHT-year-old girl has tragically died after being run over by a car in Melbourne’s northeast.

It happened as the child was attempting to cross Victoria Street in Doncaster about 6.30pm last night.

It’s understood the child was walking home from a park with her sister when she was struck.

The 64-year-old local woman driving the car stopped and did what she could to help the girl, police said.

The eight-year-old was treated at the scene before being rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Sadly, though, the little girl’s injuries were too severe and she later passed away in hospital.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragedy and are wanting to speak with anyone who may have seen the child prior to the crash.

They are also wanting to speak with motorists who may have driven through the area with a dash cam.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Mongols bikie associates refused entry into Australia

TWO men from America with links to the Mongols bikie gang have been refused entry into Australia after being stopped at Melbourne Airport.

The pair flew into Melbourne on a flight from Los Angeles on Wednesday and were subjected to an examination by border force officers.

During the examination, officers established the men were linked to the Mongols after uncovering bikie paraphernalia, including vests.

Both men had their visas cancelled under s116(1)(e) of the Migration Act 1958 and have been removed from the country.

(Source: Australian Border Force)

Acting ABF Regional Commander Greg Dowse said the ABF is committed to protecting the Australian community from harm.

“These gangs pose a significant threat to our community and are known to be involved in serious criminal activity including drug trafficking and violent crime,” Acting Regional Commander Dowse said.

“Any non-citizen involved with a criminal organisation such as a bikie gang can expect to be identified and targeted by the ABF, have their Australian visa cancelled and then be removed from the country.”

Anyone with information about non-citizens involved with OMCGs or other criminal behaviour should contact Border Watch at australia.gov.au/borderwatch.

Information can be provided anonymously.

Doctors in surgery

Marathon surgery successfully separates conjoined twins

AFTER spending the first 15-months of their young lives joined at the torso, Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa have slept in separate cots for the first time.

The sisters have started on their road to recovery and independent life following a marathon surgery in Melbourne.

Led by Head of paediatric surgery Dr Joe Crameri, the girls were separated in a delicate six-hour procedure on Friday that saw up to 25 surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists working together to successfully separate them.

“We always felt confident that we could achieve this, and possibly in this time frame,” Dr Crameri told reports post-surgery.

The girls were connected via their livers and required reconstruction through their abdomens.

“But we just didn’t know what we were going to find and we didn’t want to create expectations that we couldn’t live up to,” he added.

“I certainly see it as a sense of relief.

Nima and Dawa, who were brought to Australia by their mother in October, are now breathing independently and it is hoped they won’t require intensive care.