A body has washed up near Maroubra beach in Sydney, close to where 14-year-old Tu’ipulotu ‘Tui’ Gallaher went missing while swimming earlier this week.
Police reported a body had been found on the southern end of the beach just after 7.15am on Friday. They have yet to formally identify the body, but the search has now been called off.
Tui got into trouble as he swam with his cousin off Maroubra Beach in Sydney’s east at 8.30 on Tuesday night.
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Tui Gallaher, 14, disappeared in rough surf at Maroubra beach in Sydney’s east on Tuesday
Police were searching the southern end of Maroubra beach on Friday morning
During a nightmarish time for the family, on Wednesday his distraught mother Sandra Tamano collapsed on the foreshore while watching the rescues teams search for her son.
She was helped onto the life savers’ buggy by lifeguards and a friend.
On Thursday rescue crews believed that the chances of finding the teenager alive were ‘slim’.
An extensive air and sea search was scaled back with beachgoers returning in their hundreds as temperatures hit the high 30s.
Police confirmed on Friday morning that the search has now been called off
A beachgoer alerted the police about a body in the water off Maroubra beach on Friday
The mother of the teenage swimmer, Sandra Tamano, collapsed as the desperate search continued on Wednesday (pictured)
Lifeguards rushed to her aid (pictured) when she collapsed onto the sand after keeping a vigil there since Tuesday
A friend was seen holding the mother of the missing teenager upright as lifesavers rushed over to help
An extensive air and sea search was scaled back on Friday by authorities
Surf life saving crews and police have been searching for the missing 14-year-old
The two cousins, from Guildford in Sydney’s west, both began struggling in the rough evening ocean on Tuesday.
A 26-year-old man spotted one of the struggling teenagers and managed to help him to shore, but Tui disappeared in the rough surf.
After the teenager was spotted, emergency services were called and the 26-year-old man swam out to try and locate Tui.
His cousin was reportedly frantic and urging they help find Tui. The pair were at the beach with their family when the surf suddenly became rough.
Matthew Evans from Surf Lifesaving NSW said the three to four foot swell and a number of rips was what was making the search difficult.
A registered nurse spotted one of the teenagers as she walked past and managed to help him to shore, but his cousin had disappeared
A desperate search and rescue operation was launched involving Marine Area Command, Police Rescue, the Ambulance Rescue helicopter and SLSA Lifeguards