A man drowned off Ranelagh Beach Mt Eliza this afternoon (Sunday 8 April).
It is believed the man had been snorkling at the time.
A witness said they heard the man shouting out but thought he was calling a friend on the beach.
When they looked back they saw the person in the water but not moving, they rushed from the cliff top down some stairs to render assistance.
A rescue boat was launched from Ranelagh Club and the man was brought to shore. He was unable to be revived.
Police, Ambulance and SES attended.
It is believed a number of the man’s family members were present at the scene.