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A large, multi-agency search is continuing for a 53-year-old spear fisherman who went missing at South West Rocks yesterday afternoon, 4 February.

Surf Life Saving NSW assets, including four IRBs (rubber duckies), RWCs (jetskis), and UAVs (drones), are currently involved in the search for the missing man on the NSW Mid North Coast.

It is believed the man was spear fishing with his son when a large wave pushed them onto rocks. The man was swept back into the water and has not been seen since.

The missing man was wearing a camouflaged patterned, blue and green wetsuit, yellow-tipped snorkel and one black flipper.

The Surf Life Saving NSW Support Operations callout team have released dye packs into the water to track the currents and drift patterns at the location where the man was last seen.

Police and Marine Recue NSW on-water assets are also involved in the search and rescue operation in the area around Trial Bay and Laggers Point, South West Rocks.

There have been 27 coastal drownings since 1 July 2020 - with six fatalities since 1 January 2021.

View 2020 Coastal Safety Report for more stats on NSW coastal activity and information.