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Search resumes for boy swept of NSW coast

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Rescue crews and water police will scour areas near a NSW mid-north-coast beach where an 11-year-old boy was swept out to sea nearly two days ago.

Hopes are fading of finding the young ACT boy, who was caught in a rip on unpatrolled Lighthouse Beach at Port Macquarie about 1.30pm on Wednesday.

The search continued until nightfall on Thursday, with no sightings of the boy, and will resume on Friday morning.

Detective Inspector Guy Flaherty said the chances of finding the boy alive were falling.

The boy's mother could only watch as the boy, who was waist-deep in water, was sucked into the surf, while his older brother tried to rescue him.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Police Marine Area Command resumed searching on Thursday morning with boats and jet skis.

Officers are also maintaining a presence on the beach and divers are entering the water, images posted on social media by NSW Police show.

Around 20 surf lifesavers and lifeguards are also involved in the search effort which involves three local surf lifesaving clubs.

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