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NEWS Search resumes for missing teen after Mulwala Lake boating accident

Search resumes for missing teen after Mulwala Lake boating accident

The search for a 16-year-old boy who went missing in a boating accident on Lake Yarrawonga on the NSW-Victoria border has resumed.

Police say two 16-year-old boys were fishing on a small fishing boat in Lake Mulwala just before 9:00am on Sunday when their boat was hit by waves and capsized.

Emergency services including Search and Rescue, Air Wing, SES and police divers searched the lake yesterday and resumed the search this morning.

Bystanders who witnessed the accident rushed to help the boys but were only able to pull one to safety, police said.

The second boy disappeared from sight before he could be rescued.

Search helicopters at Lake Mulwala.(ABC Goulburn Murray: Callum Marshall)

Mulwala Ski Club aquatics coordinator Peter O’Neill said it was a heartbreaking situation.

“We were scrambling to get our boat in as fast as we could and we got there as fast as we could.

“We were there in about 15 minutes … but we were obviously too late.”

Mr O’Neill said many boats came to help, including fishermen already at sea.

lake can be dangerous

Mr O’Neill said even small waves on the lake could be dangerous for small boats.

“It doesn’t usually get rough where the boys crash, but for [waves] A foot in there, maybe even two feet on a bad day,” he said.

“And it could be very chaotic wave patterns, with waves hitting the shore and bouncing back and forth.”

Maritime Safety Administration boats on a lake with trees jutting out of the water in the background.
Emergency services are using boats, planes and divers to search for the boy.(ABC Goulburn Murray: Callum Marshall)

Mr O’Neill said there had been great support from the community.

“In small towns, people support each other,” he said.

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