Teen missing after being swept to sea

The teenage boy disappeared from sight after he was swept off the rocks
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The teenage boy disappeared from sight after he was swept off the rocks

A teenage boy is missing after being swept off the rocks in Tauranga on Saturday night.

The boy, who was sitting on rocks with friends, was washed into the sea by a large wave about 7pm and hasn't been seen.

Police, coastguard and surf lifesavers were searching for him in the area around Moturiki Island at Mount Maunganui.

Police said the sea was "choppy". The boy's family and friends were being assisted by victim support volunteers during the search.

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A holidaymaker who was near the scene said her son was going to walk up to the blowhole near Moturiki Island but it was blocked off by police.

"It's been about an hour, and there's fishing boat and about five rescue boats," she said.

"My son told me somebody drowned. There are heaps of people on the beach."

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Another woman said a helicopter had been circling the isand, and police were down near the rock face.

"There are police and rescue workers down the face of the rock, it's just an assumption that someone may have fallen off the edge there," she said.

 - Stuff

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