Man’s body found after ute swept away in floodwaters in Victoria’s east

The body of a man has been found more than 16 hours after he and his 4WD were swept away in floodwaters in Victoria‘s alpine region.

Search and Rescue Squad divers found the 66-year-old driver’s body inside his submerged Nissan Patrol this morning.

The Mirboo North man was travelling in convoy with another man about 1.30pm yesterday when he attempted to cross a flooded river near Sullivan Track in Thomson.

The man was swept away in floodwaters in Thomson. (Nine)

The man got into difficulty in the raging river and his ute dropped into a deep section of the river before it was swept downstream, according to police.

The other driver had not yet attempted to cross the river.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Police said the area where the man’s ute was found was very remote and difficult to access.

Heavy rainfall across Gippsland on the weekend led to significant flooding across the region.

Flood clean-ups underway after devastating deluge

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