11-year-old boy feared drowned at Lighthouse Beach, Port Macquarie

Search continues: Emergency services crews will resume the search for an 11-year-old boy feared drowned at Lighthouse Beach. Photo: Ivan Sajko
Search continues: Emergency services crews will resume the search for an 11-year-old boy feared drowned at Lighthouse Beach. Photo: Ivan Sajko

EMERGENCY services crews led by NSW Police will resume the search for an 11-year-old boy, feared drowned, at Lighthouse Beach.

The search began on Wednesday, December 6 when the child is believed to have become caught in a rip in large and powerful surf conditions south of Watonga Rocks.

An emergency services alert was issued just after 1.30pm with Marine Rescue Port Macquarie, lifeguards, emergency services crews and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter responding.

NSW Police Media said the boy was pulled out in a rip while swimming in shallow water with his family. He has not been seen since.

A second child, aged 17, was also caught in the rip but managed to get himself to shore independently.

NSW Ambulance Acting Superintendent David Horseman said the family is being supported on the beach.

“We have  ambulance crews on scene, the NSW Ambulance and Westpac Helicopter plus Marine Rescue are doing their very best to locate the missing child,” he said.

Surf Life Saving NSW issued a statement saying conditions along the coast have been incredibly challenging.

“This is an extremely difficult operation and our thoughts are with everyone involved,” said SLSNSW CEO Steven Pearce.

“We will continue to support the police and other agencies with whatever surf lifesaving assets are required.

“In the meantime we urge people to take care along the coast. We are imploring people to swim only at patrolled locations, in between the red and yellow flags this summer,” he said.

Large swell and king tides continue to batter the Hastings coastline.