Search for men missing near Port Macquarie scaled back, NSW

An air and sea search has been scaled back for two men missing at Shelly Beach near Port Macquarie.

A comprehensive search has been underway since property belonging to a 20-year-old man from England and a 21-year-old man from France were found at the beach about 6.30am Monday (18 February 2019).

A silver Commodore station wagon rented to the men was found in the Shelly Beach car park, with personal items, including travel documents, still inside.

Since then, a major water and ground search has been underway involving police from Mid North Coast Police District, Marine Rescue, SES, NSW Police Force Marine Area Command, Police divers, and PolAir; however, there has been no sign of the missing men.

Based on advice from experts, police have scaled back the air and sea search, but sweeps of the coastline and foreshore will continue over the coming days.

Police are still appealing to anyone who might have seen the men, or their car, near the Shelly Beach car park or in the surrounding streets to contact them.

Descriptions of the men are, Hugo Palmer, from England, is described as being of Caucasian appearance, with fair hair 180cm tall and with an athletic build. Erwan Ferrieux, from France, and has dark hair, brown eyes, a tanned complexion and is between 175cm-180cm tall.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Port Macquarie Police or Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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