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Police have resumed a search for a teenage boy who has been missing in surf at a north coast beach since Saturday (April 15).

Police divers will today be brought in after an extensive multi-agency search has failed to find any trace of the teen.

The 17-year-old boy was swimming with four other people at Pebbly Beach in the Yuraygir National Park about 3pm when the group got into trouble in dangerous conditions.

Three of the group made their way back to shore and a fourth boy was assisted from the water, but the 17-year-old hasn’t been seen since.

It is understood that he was not a strong swimmer.

An extensive multi-agency search was mounted for the missing teen with the assistance of local surf rescue personnel and the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter but the boy has so far not been located.

NSW Water Police have led the search with jet skis from across the north coast branch placed on standby.

Three jet skis crewed by members of the public scanned for several hours on Saturday after the alarm was raised.

Conditions for the rescuers have been described as “challenging” with the swell around the 2-4ft mark and visibility to the bottom less than a metre.

The search resumed this morning (Monday April 17), and will involve local police assisted by officers from Marine Area Command, including police divers, as well as volunteers from Surf Live Saving NSW, Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter and other agencies.

Police are urging anyone with information on the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ 

 

 


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1 COMMENT

  1. I hope he’s found alive, but sadly I think he has drowned… The north coast is a populated area and if he hasn’t been seen in almost 48 hours, then the worst has likely struck…

    It’s a tragedy that such events happen, but maybe this event will be didactic, in that people will be safer in the surf in future…

    I feel bad for the family and friends who will have to live with losing a loved one at such a young age…

    RIP

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