A plane crashed at Barwon Heads on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, claiming the lives of three passengers, police confirmed.

The Volunteer Coast Guard in Victoria said that the plane was a six-seater and the team was searching for debris after it crashed into the water near Bridge Road on Friday afternoon. Victorian police confirmed that the plane crashed just before 12:30 p.m.

“Police and emergency services are currently at the scene of an incident in Barwon Heads where a plane has gone into the water,” Victoria officials said in a statement. “We can confirm three people have been located deceased. The cause of the incident is not yet known and we will provide further details once they come to hand.”

The officers also said that two coastguard boats and two air ambulances have been sent to the spot. A police spokesperson said that it was believed there are a “number of people” who died in the incident. 9News helicopter, however, managed to show an oil slick and debris that appeared on the surface water.

A staff member of the At The Heads restaurant in the crash area said that he did not see the crash but the sight on the water was “really bad.” A flight tracking website is monitoring the scene. It showed a helicopter doing rounds above the water around five kilometres off the coast towards southwest of Point Lonsdale.

The police officers are being assisted by the Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club members at the spot to find out more details. According to The Age reports, there were no requests for emergency landing at either of the nearest airports to the crash scene, namely, Torquay and Barwon Heads. A spokesman from Barwon Heads Airport said conditions remained “marginal” and confirmed that the flights from the aerodrome had been cancelled on Friday seeing the unsuitable weather.