Surf Lifesavers Continue Search for Missing Boy

Central Coast volunteer surf lifesavers and emergency callout teams continue to search for a missing five year-old boy who was swept into the water by a large wave yesterday at Pearl Beach.

More than 24 hours after the tragedy unfolded, a large contingent of lifesavers are scouring the water with rescue equipment and craft including jetskis, Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The Surf Life Saving State Operations Centre is overseeing the volunteer operation and local Duty Officers from the Central Coast Branch are on scene coordinating the fleet of rescue craft assisting Police with the search.

More than 40 volunteer lifesavers gathered after sunrise at the Ocean Beach SLSC for a briefing then launched jetskis and IRBs in cold conditions for the short trip over to Pearl Beach.

Central Coast Duty Officer and Branch President Stu Harvey says the rescuers have put in a fantastic effort in very sad and difficult conditions.

"Surf conditions have been tricky, especially yesterday, with a big shore break at Pearl Beach and the water is extremely cold. Our volunteers haven't complained at all, they are just happy to help in any way they can," said Stu Harvey.

"Our hearts go out to the family of this little boy. It is a very sad and tragic situation."

Photos thanks to Shelley Smith.

Fri 11 Jul 2014