A Swedish student was still missing Thursday night after falling off a cliff at North Head in Manly late Wednesday afternoon and being washed into the sea.
The 20-year-old was climbing the cliff at Blue Fish Point with friends when he fell about seven meters onto the rocks below, police said.
Officers from the Northern Beaches Police Area Command, Marine Area Command and surf lifeguards began searching for the man after the incident was reported around 5:30pm.
The search resumed Thursday with the assistance of the police aviation unit, but the student was not found before efforts paused for the day.
NSW Police Superintendent Pat Sharkey said poor weather made the search difficult. “Over the last 24 hours, sea conditions have been quite high, particularly in coastal waters, which has limited the availability and operation of some of our assets,” he said. “But we keep looking.”
Sharkey said social and counseling services were offered to the man’s friends, who told police he lay unconscious on the rocks before being washed out to sea.
Blue Fish Point is part of Sydney Harbor National Park, but the group had ventured off marked trails. “It’s not an approved trail and there are signs in the national park advising you to stay on approved trails,” Sharkey said.
There are rock pools at Blue Fish Point that are not easily accessible on foot, although people have been known to scale the cliff using chains left on site.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has classified the Blue Fish Point bushland area as closed for reasons of public safety and to protect important plant and animal communities.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/student-missing-after-falling-from-manly-cliff-swept-out-to-sea-20230119-p5ce1w.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_national_nsw North Head searches for a missing Swedish student who fell off a cliff