Frantic search underway for man swept into seas off Coffs Harbour

A major search is continuing this morning for a young man believed to have been swept into seas during a walk along the beach in Coffs Harbour yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the Coffs Harbour southern break wall about 6pm, following reports a man had disappeared while walking along the pathway.

A 24-year-old woman told police she had been walking in front of the man when a large wave struck the break wall behind her.


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It’s understood she turned around and noticed the man had disappeared.

Officers immediately began searching the area, with the help of Marine Area Command, Marine Rescue, NSW Ambulance, the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter and Coffs Harbour Lifeguards.

During the search, police said they were approached by a local family who had become concerned that their 20-year-old son had not returned home from a walk along the beach.

The search was suspended about 10pm, however patrols of the foreshore continued throughout the night but sadly there has been no sight of the missing man.

He is described as being aged in his 20s, of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, with a muscular build and with dark hair.

He may have been wearing a red shirt, with grey or beige shorts and red shoes.

Anyone with information is being urged to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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