25 February 2019: Emergency services will be racing against time tomorrow when they resume a multi-agency search operation to locate a 22-year-old Nepalese student. He was swept off into the water Monday afternoon at a National Park in Sydney’s south.
NSW Police confirmed that the missing student is a Nepalese national but declined to respond to southasia.com.au’s request for further information on the missing international student’s identity.
This is the third water-related incident involving Nepalese students in less than two months. On 27 January, a 25-year-old Nepalese student had died at Brents Basin in western Sydney while Bigul Pandit is still missing in the Murray River at Albury since 9 January.
Today’s tragic events occurred when a group of international students were on a rock platform at Figure Eight Pools at the National Park. A wave washed the missing student into the water and throwing the other across the rocks.
According to Surf Life Saving, the missing man was washed into the water at the remote location before disappearing from view of the group.
Emergency services were called just before 2 pm, NSW Police said.
The second man, aged 22, was able to climb to safety on the rock shelf. NSW Ambulance paramedics treated him at the scene. Authorities said he sustained minor lacerations while the other man failed to resurface prompting an emergency operation.
Officers from Wollongong Police District, assisted by the Marine Area Command, Surf Life Saving, NSW Ambulance and Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter carried out the search operation throughout Monday afternoon and evening but were unable to locate the missing Nepalese man.