Search for missing swimmer scaled back

THE SEARCH for a man missing off Woolgoolga main beach was scaled back last night.

Just days after three Coffs Harbour teenagers saved four Korean tourists from a strong rip off the coast, another young Korean has gone missing while swimming off the beach in northern New South Wales.

Grave fears were held yesterday for the man, believed to be a 23-year-old Korean.

The parents of the missing man, who are in Korea, have been located and notified.

Reports are that he had been working in Australia on a 12-month visa.

About 5.40pm on Saturday, police and emergency services were called to the Woolgoolga beach after reports two swimmers were in trouble.

A 30-year-old man was pulled from the rip, brought back to shore and treated at the scene before being taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

The rescued man returned to the beach yesterday afternoon and helped console friends of the missing swimmer.

A search on Saturday for the second man was suspended at 8.30pm, but was resumed on Sunday morning.

Any sightings of the missing man should be reported immediately on 000.

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