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A search has been suspended for a man swept out to sea north of Coffs Harbour earlier this week.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District and Marine Area Command, Marine Rescue volunteers, and crews with the Westpac and Polair helicopters have been searching since the man went missing about 6pm (Monday 17 December 2018).

Two men, aged 35 and 45, died after a group of six people got into difficulties in the surf at Moonee Beach, 23km north of Coffs Harbour.

Two girls, aged 13 and 17, and a 15-year-old boy were rescued; however, a third man, aged 28, could not be found.

A search operation continued on Tuesday night until it was suspended due to fading light. Yesterday’s search resumed at 7am (Wednesday 19 December) but was suspended about midday. Foot patrols of the coast will continue in routine taskings.

All six people are believed to be from Sydney.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


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