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Body found in desperate search for missing boy

UPDATE: A BODY has been found in the search for a missing 11-year-old boy who disappeared after slipping into a storm water drain. 

Ryan Teasdale was playing with his brother when he slid into the drain. 

His body was found about 11.15am local time. 

Police told media at the scene the family of the boy had been informed, and that they had asked their privacy be respected. 

 

 

UPDATE: THE SEARCH has resumed for missing 11-year-old Lake Illawarra local Ryan Teasdale, who police believe disappeared when he slipped into a storm water drain while body-boarding down a grassy reserve in the mud.

Ryan was playing with his 13-year-old brother and a group of over a dozen children, making the most of the wet conditions in Riley Park at Unanderra when it is believed he slid into a storm water drain.

Lake Illawarra's police commander Zoran Dzevlan said the drains lead to Albert Creek which then leads into Port Kembla Harbour.

But the Commander said it was not an easy search, as there is more than one drain and "countless locations" where the teen could have ended up.

"What the kids were doing was riding boogie boards down the reserve due to the rain. And what we believe may have happened is Ryan may have fallen into one of those drains," Commander Dzevlan said.

"Were searching that immediate vicinity and also searching where the drains finish into the creeks in the surrounding areas."

State Emergency Service volunteers begin searching storm water drains around Riley Park at Unanderra in Wollongong for missing 11-year-old Ryan Teasdale. Picture: Dean Lewins
State Emergency Service volunteers begin searching storm water drains around Riley Park at Unanderra in Wollongong for missing 11-year-old Ryan Teasdale. Picture: Dean Lewins Dean Lewins?News Corp Australia

Mr Dzevlan said a similar incident like this happened at the park 25 years ago.

"Unfortunately that person wasn't located," he said.

Over 100 rescue personnel including ambulance, marine rescue, NSW fire and rescue, SES, council and local volunteers are out searching for the teenager.

"I couldn't even begin to image how the family is holding up. My youngest is 11 years old and I don't even want to think about what people would be going through at this stage."

"We have a family who is grieving and police and emergency services are looking for Ryan and I remain hopeful we will find him."

At About 4.30pm yesterday, Ryan's brother, who was also in the park with him, headed back to the family home after being unable to find him.

But Ryan was not there.

The family began a search for him, contacting police about 6.30pm.

Police from Lake Illawarra Local Area Command, Police Rescue, and SES volunteers then began to scout the area for any sign of the boy.

Local reports claim the area is well known for children using body boards and other types of boards when it rains.

One woman said several children and adults had been playing in the water as it ran down a hilly reserve.

"When I came home at 4pm there were people sliding down with boogie boards, children and adults," she said.

"It is a grass reserve, and when it rains, it is like two veins or rivers of water to the bottom."

Ryan was last seen wearing a pair of blue board shorts, no shirt, and was carrying a blue body board - which has not been found.

Ryan Teasedale was lost after boogie boarding in the heavy rain yesterday at Riley Park in Unanderra. Picture: Dean Lewins
Ryan Teasedale was lost after boogie boarding in the heavy rain yesterday at Riley Park in Unanderra. Picture: Dean Lewins Dean Lewins/ News Corp Australia

Emergency services have widened their search for the boy to include drains around the Unanderra Pool, lifting drain grates and using lights to search inside.

State Emergency Service spokesman Phil Campbell said it was one of 30 flood rescues the SES had been called to across the Illawarra late on Thursday night.

"We have multiple vehicles stuck in floodwater, that ranges from Shellharbour, to the Southern Highlands," he said.

"We have two trains stopped on the mountain railway, whose path is blocked by fallen trees," he said.

The Illawarra and the Princes Highway were both closed south of Wollongong

Mr Campbell said there had been 800 calls for help.

"It is a difficult night for everybody in the Illawarra, with heavy rain and flash flooding,"

"We have flood rescues once every ten minutes, and calls for property damage about every minute," he said.

NSW copped a soaking, with the Illawarra getting some of the worst of it.

Port Kembla received 75mm of rain in 12 hours since 9am, and Dapto 134mm and Mount Kembla had received 114mm.

Bureau of Metrology Forecaster Rebecca Kamitakahara said rainfall had been very intense in the Illawarra.

"We have seen some phenomenal rainfall totals, this afternoon and this evening around Wollongong. These sorts of rainfall rates are those which cause flash flooding in areas that are prone to it," she said.

Anyone with further information about the missing boy should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

EARLIER: EMERGENCY services are searching for an 11-year-old boy, believed swept away by floodwaters south of Sydney, possibly while playing on a boogie board as heavy rain hammered the state.

Police say Ryan Teasedale was riding a body board in heavy rain along with several other children, in Riley Park, Unanderra, in Wollongong.

About 4.30pm, the boy's brother, who was also in the park with him, could not find Ryan. He headed back to the family home but found Ryan was also not there.

Ryan's family began a search for him, contacting police about 6.30pm.

Police from Lake Illawarra Local Area Command, Police Rescue, and SES volunteers then began to scout the area for any sign of the boy.

Ryan was last seen wearing a pair of blue board shorts, no shirt, and was carrying a blue body board - which has not been found.

Ryan Teasedale went missing in an Illawarra park.
Ryan Teasedale went missing in an Illawarra park.

Emergency services last night widened their search for the boy to include drains around the Unanderra Pool, lifting drain grates and using lights to search inside.

State Emergency Service spokesman Phil Campbell said it was one of 30 flood rescues the SES had been called to across the Illawarra late on Thursday night.

"We have two trains stopped on the mountain railway, whose path is blocked by fallen trees," he said.

The Illawarra and the Princes Highway were both closed south of Wollongong

Mr Campbell said there had been 800 calls for help.

"It is a difficult night for everybody in the Illawarra, with heavy rain and flash flooding,"

"We have flood rescues once every ten minutes, and calls for property damage about every minute," he said.

Neighbours fear the boy may have been riding a boogie board in the floodwaters when he was swept away.

One woman said several children and adults have been playing in the water as it ran down a hilly reserve.

"When I came home at 4pm there were people sliding down with boogie boards, children and adults," she said.

"It is a grass reserve, and when it rains, it is like two veins or rivers of water to the bottom.

"The SES went flying past my place about half past six, I don't know what happened."

Local reports claim the area is well known for children using body boards and other types of boards when it rains.

NSW copped a soaking, with the Illawarra getting some of the worst of it.

Port Kembla received 75mm of rain in 12 hours since 9am, and Dapto 134mm and Mount Kembla had received 114mm.

Bureau of Metrology Forecaster Rebecca Kamitakahara said rainfall had been very intense in the Illawarra.

"We have seen some phenomenal rainfall totals, this afternoon and this evening around Wollongong. These sorts of rainfall rates are those which cause flash flooding in areas that are prone to it," she said.

Anyone with further information about the missing boy should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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