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Rock fishing tragedy: Rescuers continue search for missing men

RESCUERS have resumed a search for two young men missing off the NSW Central Coast more than 24 hours after a tragic fishing and surfing trip.

Missing are Trey Adamson, 18 and Ben Winn, 20. The pair were with 18-year-old Niranda Blair whose body was found washed up on Ghosties Beach in the Lake Munmorah State Conservation Area yesterday morning.

Authorities were alerted to the tragedy by a rock fisherman at around 6.30 am yesterday when he discovered the trio’s belongings on a deserted rock ledge. They were not believed to have been wearing wet suits or life jackets, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters’ chief executive Stephen Leahy told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“We will be using a Thales thermal imaging camera, [which] allows us to identify heat sources. If the two young men are still in the water and still alive … we will be able to pick up a heat signature,” Mr Leahy said.

The land, air and sea search also involves local police, Police Rescue and PolAir, and centres around Moonee Beach.

The search area stretches six kilometres from Catherine Hill Bay to below Fraser Beach.

The trio fished regularly together but the rock ledge where their items were found was reportedly a new location for them.

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