Tragedy at Nobbys: search for student feared drowned enters fourth day

Lifesavers scouring the water at Nobbys Beach. Picture: Marina Neil
Lifesavers scouring the water at Nobbys Beach. Picture: Marina Neil

THE tragic search for University of Newcastle international student Mohsin Awan, who is feared drowned after being swept from rocks at Nobbys Beach, has entered its fourth day.

Water police, Marine Rescue and lifeguards still had not found the 23-year-old despite scouring the water between Dudley and Nobbys for much of Tuesday.

The Pakistani man was swept from the area known as Soldiers Baths, at the southern corner of Nobbys Beach, by a large wave on Sunday night as he took selfies with a friend.

Marine Rescue Commander Ron Calman said emergency services were performing a grid search between Dudley and Nobbys, but the search was expected to be scaled back on Tuesday to focus on the area surrounding Nobbys Beach.

Retired veteran Newcastle lifeguard Warren Smith said on Monday Nobbys was known for its strong rips, undercurrents and hive of rocks and ledges underneath the surface.

Emergency services have so far been limited by choppy and murky water. The search will resume at 7am.