A young girl has drowned after trying to help her little brother.

Police said an 11-year-old boy was swimming at Williamson’s Beach in Dalyston just after 8:00pm on Thursday when he got into trouble in rough water.

It has been reported a man, understood to be the boy’s father, went in to help along with the boy’s sister.

Police said the boy was saved but the 13-year-old girl did not survive.


“Whilst the boy was saved and received only minor injuries requiring hospitalisation, the young girl also got into trouble and consequently died despite efforts by her family, police and ambulance officers trying to save her,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

The children had gone to the beach on a family outing, police said.

UPDATE 15 February

Holly Nicholson did not die in vain. She will go on to save more lives as her organs have been donated to children across the country.

“A very level headed girl, she had an exuberance for life, gorgeous smile that could just lift anybody out of the dumps,” her father said.

Harry Mastnak, has told the Herald Sun his daughter would have wanted to help others in her death.

‘If anything comes from this tragedy and she can give life back somehow then her life wasn’t taken in vain,’ he said.

‘She had that nature in her to help other kids around her, so I think that’s what she would have wanted.’

He warns other parents and has said ‘the beach is a very dangerous place and we don’t get a second chance’.

Our hearts ache for the family.

Share your comments below.


We may get commissions for purchases made using links in this post. Learn more.
  • How tragic. Hopefully it gives some comfort knowing that others will be saved thanks to the donation of her organs. What a wonderful gift.


  • So sad. My heart does out to this family. Wonderful that she donated her organs.


  • real sad. lovely that her family have decided to donate.


  • Very brave of her family to donate her organs.


  • How heartbreaking for her family. She is a true hero now and in her death she has now helped many others to live and saved their family the same heartache.


  • So, so very sad. What an amazing soul.


  • saw this on tv and her friends sharing their wishes in song for such a special friend, It made me cry. Tragedy can strike at any time. She looks and sounds to have been very unique and caring, my sincere wishesto family andfriends and her generocity will help others to live on as she will live on with them. Very brave girl xo. Children are special


  • She is a heroine all right. But this is just so very sad.


  • what a tragedy


  • This was such a tragedy. What a selfless act from a sister to her brother. She was truly a hero.


  • How awful !! My thought and prayers are going out to this family. Hope the boy is recovering well and won’t starting to feel guilty because his sister died trying to safe him ! Reading this story I did wonder why you would let your kids swim at 8pm when it’s darkening or already dark ?


  • I have been wondering since I read this terrible news Why did the ambulance take so long? It is happening far too much. Not only with drownings but people being gravely ill and the wrong location being given by the control centre.


  • What a brave thing that precious girl did. My thoughts are with her family during this very difficult and sad time.


  • My heart-felt condolences for the loss of your daughter. I too lost a family member (cousin) via drowning and can vividly recall the emotional trauma experienced by family and friends alike. I am empathise with you. Sibling love knows no bounds.


  • She must have loved her brother very much to try and save him. My condolences to the family but why were they out in the water at 8pm?


Post a comment
Like Facebook page

LIKE MoM on Facebook

Please enter your comment below
Would you like to include a photo?
No picture uploaded yet.
Please wait to see your image preview here before hitting the submit button.
Your MoM account

Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your comment and join MoM:

You May Like


Looks like this may be blocked by your browser or content filtering.

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating