Search continues for Saudi Arabian student swept into ocean off Qld’s Sunshine Coast

Police and surf life saving volunteers have resumed the search for a Saudi Arabian student missing in waters off Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The 21-year-old man was swept off rocks out to sea while sightseeing in the Noosa National Park on Tuesday night.

Two helicopters and about 30 water police, coastguard volunteers and surf lifesavers yesterday failed to find any trace of the student.

The search was suspended late yesterday afternoon due to high winds and rough seas.

Inspector Mike Miley says rough weather has hampered the search

“We’re continuing the search this morning with the surf life saving, the water police, the Westpac helicopter and we also have our divers up there this morning,” he said.

“Weather permitting – they’ll be going down and having a look today.

“We’ve got five different entities assisting police, so extending out to later on today and hopefully until the weather deteriorates.”

Surf Life Saving Queensland spokesman Aaron Purchase says a rescue helicopter will join the search again today.

“We’re starting a little bit later today – just because we had some issues with good lighting early yesterday morning as the sun was rising and glare on the water,” he said.

“We just want a bit of a chance to get it a bit higher in the sky, so it gave us a bit more visibility this morning.”

However, Mr Purchase says hopes are fading.

“The longer time goes by, the hopes for a positive outcome do get reduced unfortunately, but we’ll do the best that we can and hopefully get a result today,” he said.

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