Wave of support ... friends of the missing bodyboarder ride together at Sawtell Beach on Tuesday evening.
Wave of support ... friends of the missing bodyboarder ride together at Sawtell Beach on Tuesday evening.

Board riders? group wave



POLICE divers have been called in as the search continues for a bodyboarder missing off Sawtell.

The divers are expected to arrive tonight from Sydney and they will hit the water tomorrow morning.

Sergeant Don Stewart from Coffs Harbour water police said their underwater search would focus on the reefs north of Sawtell Surf Club.

Water police joined forces yesterday with city council lifeguards and club surf lifesavers, and a crew aboard a privately-chartered helicopter, to look for the Bonville 18-year-old, who hasn't been seen since Monday afternoon.

Search personnel covered the waters between Macauleys Headland in the north to Bundagen in the south, as well as Boambee, Sawtell and Bongil Bongil beaches.

The search effort was to resume at first light this morning.

The experienced surfer, who was also a good swimmer, was catching waves on Monday afternoon with a group of friends at Sawtell Beach, in front of the surf club.

The teenager, who wore a wetsuit and flippers, was last seen riding a wave in pounding surf.

When his board washed ashore at 4.45pm, council lifeguards instigated the search.



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