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Swimmer missing at Pebbly Beach

Sunday, 16 April 2017 12:29:08 AM

Police will resume a search at first light today for a missing 17-year-old boy who got into difficultly while swimming at Pebbly Beach, north of Coffs Harbour, yesterday.


Police have been told the teenager was swimming with four other people at the camping area in the Yuraygir National Park when the group got into trouble in dangerous water conditions.

The other members of the group managed to get to shore but the 17-year-old boy did not return to land.

A member of the public noticed the incident and contacted emergency services at about 3.50pm (Saturday 15 April 2017).

Emergency services attended and treated one of the other boys who had taken on a lot of water. He was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command began an extensive search for the missing teenager, with the assistance of local surf rescue personnel and the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter; however the boy was unable to be located.


The search was suspended due to low light conditions at 6pm (Saturday 15 April 2017), and is due to resume at first light today (Sunday 16 April 2017) when it is expected members of the Marine Area Command, including police divers, will assist.

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/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.