A desperate search for a heroic Indian immigrant who jumped into the sea to clear up his three children who had panicked, entered his third day.
Ghouseuddin Mohammed, 45, jumped into a dangerous swell at the UN-guarded Moonee Beach on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales to save his two daughters of 13 and 17 and the son of 15 years old who were swept away by the sea by a rip.
Two of his relatives – Syed Rahath, 35, and nephew Junaidh Mohammed, 28 – jumped into the waters with him.
The men were swept to the sea north of Coffs Harbor on Monday at 6:00 pm.
Ghouseuddin Mohammed and Mr. Rahath died after attempts by paramedics to revive them were unsuccessful, but Junaidh Mohammed is still missing.
The desperate search for the & # 39; hero & # 39; Indian immigrant Junaidh Mohammed, 28, (photo) who jumped into the sea to save three children who were caught in a crack continues
The search was resumed Wednesday at 7 am and includes a joint operation with Marine Rescue officers, Coffs / Clarence Police District and NSWPF Marine Area Command
The 28-year-old student did not come out of the water and has not been seen since. He is feared dead.
All three teenagers survived the incident and were transferred to the Coffs Harbor Hospital in a stable condition.
The boy and one of the girls managed to reach the beach, while a third was saved by a lifeguard.
The search for Mr. Mohammed lasted until late at night on Tuesday and was suspended because of faded light.
The search was resumed Wednesday morning at 7 am and included a joint operation with Marine Rescue officers, Coffs / Clarence Police District and NSWPF Marine Area Command.
Westpac and Polar helicopters have also come back to the operation.
Father of three Ghouseuddin Mohammed, 45, (left) and relative Syed Rahath, 35 (right) did not react anymore when they were pulled out of the surf after a family outing at the beach of Coffs Harbor on Monday evening
Relative Shahbaz Mohammed, who was on the scene, said that the grief his family was going through was too much to endure & # 39;
& # 39; We just met here, we thought we had a great time together. Unfortunately we went to the beach, & # 39; Shahbaz told The Daily Telegraph.
My cousin, he is still missing, the police have been searching for the past 12 hours. He is a student and his family is desperately waiting in India to know what is happening – they want to come here. & # 39; he went on.
The heroic efforts of the three lifeguards who had saved one teenage girl were welcomed by the family.
Family members went bankrupt on the news that the two men had drowned and fears that the third missing man, Junaidh Mohammed, 28, may also be dead
Helicopters float across the scene at Moonee Beach while searching frantically for the third missing member of the family
Coffs Lifeguard team leader Greg Hackfath said the first report of two people caught in difficult surfing conditions was six.
He and colleagues Hugo Craigan and Alex Swadling dived into the dangerous seas to save the family, while Mr. Craigan paddled 700 meters off the coast to save the 17-year-old girl.
The two men were found with their faces down shortly thereafter and were pulled out of the surf by the rescuers.
Since 1 July there have been 16 coastal reductions in NSW – comparable to the figure at the same time last year.
Mr. Hackfath pleaded with the public to take care of the beach this summer, always to swim between the flags and learn more about the state of the beach.
Since 1 July there have been 16 coastal reductions in NSW – comparable to the figure at the same time last year (Pictured: Moonee Beach, near Coffs Harbor, NSW)