Man Missing At Hawks Nest

A search for a man who went missing at Hawks Nest in the Great Lakes area on Friday has been suspended for the evening.

The missing man believed to be in his 20s was with two friends at an unpatrolled location at around 4pm when they got into difficulty while in the water.

It is not yet clear how that situation arose.

A member of the public raced the two kilometres to where Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) were patrolling and informed them of the developing situation.

Once on-scene lifeguards were able to rescue two of the missing man’s friends but were unable to locate him.

The man’s friends were assessed at the scene by paramedics.

A search operation was launched under the direction of New South Police with lifeguards, off-duty lifesavers, and the Westpac Lifesaving Helicopter all involved in the efforts.

ALS NSW Manager Brent Manieri praised the efforts of the lifeguards involved with the rescue in what was an extremely stressful situation.

“This is obviously a very difficult situation and our thoughts go out to the man, his friends, and family and all those involved in this incident.

“We will continue to make our assets and our people available in whatever way we can when the search resumes,” Mr Manieri said.

The search for the missing man will likely resume when conditions allow on Saturday and will be led by NSW Police with lifeguards and lifesavers providing resources and assets as requested.

Fri 8 Jan 2016