An 18-year-old man is missing at sea after being swept off rocks at a remote beach in Western Australia’s Great Southern region.
The teenager set out to go fishing with three family members yesterday afternoon at Mermaid Beach, near Albany, but after more than 27 hours there’s still no sign of him.
A large wave swept the teenager and a 23-year-old man into the ocean.
The remote beach is about 70 kilometres east of Albany.
With poor mobile reception, family members were forced to run and call for help. The 23-year-old was rescued by a boat already in the water for another search.
He had been treading water for about 90 minutes before he was plucked to safety.
“Swell was in the vicinity of 4 to 6 metres so that was an extremely dangerous environment,” Ian Clarke told 9News.
The search zone for the missing man stretches 3km along the coast. Up to 50 family members are staying in the area praying for good news.
“We’ve been able to have some of the members of the family as part of the search team which gives them a really good indication of just how much work is being done to locate their brother, friend, son and grandson,” Mr Clarke said.
“The information we have is that the young man was a capable swimmer so these again are all those things that we put into the mix when considering the situation.”