A retrieval operation by air has taken place in front of hundreds of beachgoers at Freshwater this morning, Sunday 5 March.
While the body is yet to be identified Police have confirmed they are “liaising with the missing man’s family.”
The body retrieval just off the rocks at Freshwater just after 9am follows the disappearance of an 18 year old boy after swimming with friends last night at about 8pm.
Police confirmed that emergency services were called to Freshwater Beach, after reports of the missing swimmer at 8.15pm.
Police were told three friends went out for a swim and one of the group – an 18-year-old man – could not be located upon their return to shore.
A multi-agency search operation got underway involving officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command, the Marine Area Command, Surf Life Saving NSW, PolAir and the Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter.
It resumed this morning and ended with a retrieval of something in the water via winch at about 9am. We await a formal statement from police before providing any more details.