Rough seas halt search for man

THE search for a South Korean man missing at Red Rock was yesterday suspended due to rough conditions.

Red Rock-Corindi Surf Club lifesavers in an inflatable rescue boat and supported by on-shore spotters had resumed the grim search at daylight yesterday.

They were joined at 9am by Coffs Harbour water police in their launch, Fearless, and personnel from Woolgoolga Volunteer Sea Rescue, Wooli Sea Rescue and Coffs Harbour Coastal Patrol, who scoured the area from Arrawarra Headland north to Station Creek.

However, the offshore operation stopped at noon because of the heavy seas.

“Boats couldn't get within 500 metres of the shoreline,” Sergeant Don Stewart from Coffs Harbour water police said.

Search crews in four-wheel-drives combed local beaches for any trace of the missing 24-year-old.

Volunteer rescuers are expected to conduct another search today.

The man had been with friends at Red Rock's Little Beach on Sunday and went with a group to explore the nearby rocky headland.

About 2.20pm, as he and a companion climbed lower down the rock face, a large wave smashed into the rocks and hurled the man into the water. It is believed he is unable to swim.

His companions raised the alarm with surf club members, who started the search and alerted other emergency services.

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was also brought in.

The missing man is one of a number of South Koreans living at Red Rock and working at nearby blueberry farms.

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