A body has been found on a popular Sydney beach where a 14-year-old boy went missing while swimming earlier this week.
Tui Gallaher disappeared after he and his cousin got into trouble while swimming at Maroubra about 8.30pm on Tuesday.
A search aided by helicopters and jetskis was launched, and police reported a body had been found on the southern end of the beach just after 7.15am on Friday.
Earlier, Tui’s mother spoke of her heartache after finding out her son was missing.
“You don’t know you can run out of tears until something like this happens,” Sandra Tamano told reporters on Thursday.
The teen’s cousin was pulled from the surf by a passerby shortly before Tui vanished. Police say the man who rescued the cousin then tried to look for Tui but could not find him
Tui’s death added to a shocking spate of drowning deaths in New South Wales over the Christmas period, with at least nine victims.
On Thursday the second of two toddlers pulled unconscious from a Sydney swimming pool was confirmed dead.
The 23-month-old twins were rushed to hospital with a police escort last Tuesday after they were discovered in a backyard pool at Kellyville Ridge around 7pm.
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead on Thursday confirmed the little boy had died, three days after his twin sister’s death on Boxing Day.
In Wagga Wagga a search was due to resume on Friday morning for a missing swimmer who was swept away in a current.
Victorian man Peter Abd-El-Kaddous, 42, got into trouble at about 3.30pm on Wednesday while swimming in the Murrumbidgee river.
Police divers were set to join the operation when it resumed.