Slim hope for student, lost at sea

HOPES are fading for a Chinese student swept away by surf on the Gold Coast.

Rescuers say at best, they hope to bring closure for the teenager's family.

Water police, jet ski riders and the Westpac rescue helicopter crew yesterday continued the search for the 17-year-old, swept away on the Gold Coast on Monday.

The Brisbane-based international student was swimming with five friends at Surfers Paradise when he was caught in a rip.

Gold Coast Chief Lifeguard Warren Young said hopes were fading he would be found safe.

The boy's parents in China are being kept up to date on search efforts.

Meanwhile, police have called in a helicopter to use in the search for a fisherman missing since Sunday off Queensland's coast.

The helicopter joined police boats and Volunteer Marine Rescue craft at 10am in a scaled-back search for the 38-year-old man.

The body of the man's friend was found washed up on Moreton Island on Sunday.

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