Hopes fade for Chinese swimmer

GOLD Coast police are clinging to the slim hope that a Chinese teenager swept out to sea 24 hours ago might still be found alive.

Police say there's a remote chance he may have made it to shore.

The search for the 16-year-old continued yesterday as more aircraft were called in to look for a 38-year-old fisherman who went missing off Moreton Island on Sunday.

Superintendent Jim Keogh said a helicopter, quad bikes and sand patrols were being used in the search for the international student.

He was swimming with five friends at Surfers Paradise on Monday when he was caught in a rip about 1pm. His mates all made it back to shore.

“We always like to keep hope that something may have happened, that he may have come ashore ... but of course the likelihood of that is slim,” Supt Keogh said.

The teenager's parents in China were being kept up to date, he said.

Meanwhile, efforts are continuing to find the missing fisherman after the body of his mate washed ashore on Moreton Island on Sunday. Extra fixed-wing planes joined helicopters and boats in the search yesterday.



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