For many of us, last night was just an average weeknight in mid-February.
Not particularly hot or remarkable, it was just another day.
But for one Victorian family, an innocent outing to the beach unexpectedly turned into a tragedy beyond belief.
A heroic 13-year-old girl lost her life after rushing into the water to help her 11-year-old brother, who was struggling at a beach near Wonthaggi in South Gippsland.
The boy got into trouble in rough water at Williamson’s Beach shortly after 8pm, Victoria Police say.
The father of the children also tried to help.
— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) February 11, 2016