Two drown within minutes, at Sydney's Clovelly beach and North Stradbroke Island

Two men who died bring to nine the number of people who have drowned in Australia since Christmas Eve..

Two men drowned within minutes of each other on Tuesday, one in Sydney, one on North Stradbroke Island, bringing to nine the number of drownings in Australia since Christmas Eve.

A 35-year-old man died after being pulled unconscious from the water at Clovelly beach in Sydney.

Emergency services were called to the beach at 1.54pm AEDT on Tuesday where they found the man, with a doctor already on scene, a NSW Ambulance spokesman said.

Police were investigating and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Four people drowned in three incidents before Boxing Day; a fifth man died after slipping into the water at MacKenzie Falls near Stawell in Victoria; a woman drowned at Forge Creek, near Bairnsdale in Victoria, on Saturday; and a 58-year-old man died on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast after being pulled unconscious from the surf on Saturday.

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