Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

NSW weather: Rough seas hamper search for foreign student swept off Nobbys Beach rocks

Monday March 20, 2017 - 13:21 EDT
ABC image
Search continues at Nobbys Beach at Newcastle for the missing Pakistani student. - ABC

Rough seas are hampering the search for a Pakistani national missing after being swept off rocks and into the sea at Nobbys Beach at Newcastle in the New South Wales Hunter region.



Two 23-year-old international students were at a rock face near the ocean when a wave knocked them into the water last night, NSW police said.

Authorities said the beach was closed at the time because of swells of up to five metres hitting the coast.

Bystanders managed to rescue one of the men, but the second could not be found after a two-hour search involving local officers, water police, lifeguards and the Westpac rescue helicopter.

Chirag Modi said he saw the two men go into the water, and it happened very quickly.

"They were actually from Pakistan. I saw them taking some video by themselves and it happened too fast," he said.



"All of a sudden a big wave, a big massive wave, actually came and I think the one who was drowning, it looked like he hit the rock, and that's where the thing has gone wrong."

Newcastle duty officer, Chief Inspector Trevor Shields, said rough seas were hampering the search effort, but he was still hopeful the student would be found.

"It's difficult conditions for them out there, but the search will continue while they think there's an opportunity to locate the man," he said.

"Certainly the scale of that will change, however we'll keep pursuing it while we think there's going to be a result."

Ryan Teasdale died in NSW floodwaters

The incident comes just days after an 11-year-old boy died when he was swept into a flooded drain after weeks of heavy rain in the Wollongong area.

sparking a full-scale search last Thursday.

His body was found in a creek bed the following day.

Wet weather is expected to continue in parts of New South Wales this week but the threat of flooding has eased, according to the SES.

More than 4,000 people remain isolated by floodwaters across the state's mid north coast, but river levels are falling.

The affected areas include Thora, Darkwood, Taylors Arm and Kalang, and residents in Iluka are isolated during the high tide.

Between Yamba and Macksville over the weekend there were 337 jobs and 10 flood rescues, with the majority in the Coffs Harbour and Bellingen area.

State Emergency Service spokesman Todd Burns said conditions were easing, but people still needed to use caution.

"We have had, across the state, six flood rescues overnight and we have had 298 jobs that volunteers have been attending to over the 24-hour period as well," he said.


- ABC

© ABC 2017

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

BOM announces short, weak La Nina probability for summer lacking rainfall but packing heatwaves

20:17 EDT

The Bureau of Meteorology's latest ENSO wrap has tilted the warning level over to a La Nina alert, the highest level below an official La Nina.

Could an epidemic thunderstorm asthma event happen again in Melbourne?

16:13 EDT

Today marks the one year anniversary of a tragic thunderstorm asthma event in Melbourne that resulted in nine deaths and directly impacted the health of thousands of Victorians.

Record warm spring nights in Adelaide

12:01 EDT

Adelaide may be experiencing a spell of warm nights that has only occurred in the city on one other occasion during spring in the last 130 years.