Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

SEARCH ON FOR MISSING 17-Y-O Police Divers Called to Search; Police Divers Called in to Help after Rip Incident at Clarence Beach

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

SEARCH ON FOR MISSING 17-Y-O Police Divers Called to Search; Police Divers Called in to Help after Rip Incident at Clarence Beach

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Byline: Lesley Apps lesley.apps@dailyexaminer.com.au

POLICE resumed a search at first light on Easter Sunday morning for a missing 17-year-old boy who got into difficultly while swimming at Pebbly Beach, south of Grafton, late on Saturday afternoon.

Police have been told the teenager was swimming at the isolated and unpatrolled beach with four other people near the camping area in the Yuraygir National Park, when the group got washed into a rip current just before 4pm.

The other members of the group managed to get to shore but the 17-year-old did not return to land. It is understood that he was not a strong swimmer.

A member of the public noticed the incident and contacted emergency services.

After reports of the incident began to emerge a multi-agency rescue effort was immediately launched.

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; while three jet skis crewed by members of the public scanned for several hours after the alarm was raised however the boy was unable to be located. …

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