Jet ski drama during search
A JET ski rider searching for missing Chinderah teenager Corey McDowell was lucky to escape serious injury after the vessel was washed onto the rocks at the base of Norries Head yesterday morning. The volunteer surf life saver was knocked off his jet ski about 9.40am by a rogue wave in a 1.5 metre south-easterly swell about 10 metres from the rocks. He was unable to restart the jet ski and was forced to make a hasty decision ? to abandon the motorised craft and try to swim away from the rocks to safety. An anxious 10 minutes followed, as large waves washed the jet ski into a rocky cove at the base of the headland, while the life saver struggled in the surf. His life jacket made it difficult for him to swim. He was eventually picked up by one of two other jet skis also searching for the missing 15-year-old, who had disappeared on Saturday afternoon while swimming on the south side of the headland with friends. Life savers struggled to retrieve the abandoned jet ski from the rocks. The three jet skis involved in the search were from the Cabarita and Salt surf life saving clubs.