Search for man swept to sea

POLICE and rescue services will resume searching at 9am today for a 24-year-old man swept off rocks at Red Rock yesterday.

The South Korean man was spending the day with friends at the village's Little Beach and went with a group to explore the rocky headland.

About 2.20pm, as he and a companion had climbed lower down the rockface, a large wave smashed into the rocks and carried the man into the water.

It is believed he is unable to swim.

The man's companions alerted members of the Red Rock-Corindi Surf Lifesaving Club, who quickly started the search and alerted other emergency services, including Woolgoolga Volunteer Sea Rescue, Coffs Harbour Water Police and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Heavy surf conditions made the search trecherous and difficult.

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

In an ironic twist, tomorrow is the fourth anniversary of the drowning of a 23-year-old American student who was also enjoying at day out with friends at Little Beach.

The woman chased a ball into the fast-flowing Redbank River estuary and was washed onto rocks.

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