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Search resumes for swimmer missing north of Coffs Harbour

Sunday, 16 April 2017 10:10:56 AM

Police have resumed a search for a teenage boy missing in surf north of Coffs Harbour.


Police have been told about 3pm yesterday (Saturday 15 April 2017), the 17-year-old boy was swimming with four other people at Pebbly Beach in the Yuraygir National Park, 55km north of Coffs Harbour, when the group got into trouble in dangerous conditions.

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

A member of the public called emergency services to the scene where they treated one of the other boys before he was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

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.

It resumed this morning (Sunday 16 April 2017), and will involve local police assisted by officers from Marine Area Command, including police divers, as well as PolAir, 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/ 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.