Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Hope Fades for Teen; Rescue Turns into Recovery Operation for Missing Teen

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Hope Fades for Teen; Rescue Turns into Recovery Operation for Missing Teen

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Byline: Clair Morton, Daily Examiner

EMOTIONAL scenes have played out on Clarence Valley's remote Pebbly Beach as family and friends vow to maintain a beach- side vigil until missing teenager Ali Mosawi is found.

The 17-year-old was swimming with four other people at the beach in Yuraygir National Park on Saturday afternoon, when they got into trouble in dangerous conditions. Three people made their way back to shore and assisted a fourth boy, but Ali hasn't been seen since. Police are now calling the search a recovery operation.

On Monday morning, family members and friends held a prayer service at the site as emergency services got to work for a third day.

"It was very moving," Inspector Jo Reid said.

"It just brings home the deep religious faith and beliefs they have, and that underpins their reason for wanting to stay, and you can certainly understand that.

"They've indicated they'll stay as long as they need to so they bring him home. …

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