Two men have drowned and a third is missing after getting into trouble at a beach on the New South Wales mid-north coast.
Six people were swimming at Moonee Beach north of Coffs Harbour around 6.15pm on Monday when they got overwhelmed by the rough conditions.
Two girls aged 15 and 17 along with a 17-year-old boy were rescued.
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Two men aged 35 and 45 were also removed from the water but could not be revived.
A 28-year-old man is still missing.
A search was launched for the man last night but had to be suspended because of fading light.
It will resume at first light this morning.
Steve Pearce from Surf Life Saving New South Wales says it was a massive rescue effort.
“It was a really gallant and heroic effort from the life guards,” Mr Pearce said.
It’s understood the group were from an Indian community in Sydney and were holidaying on the mid-north coast.
“It’s just such a tragic set of circumstances especially so close to Christmas,” Mr Pearce said.
A report will now be prepared for the Coroner.