Search resumes for teen missing in dangerous waters off Victoria’s west coast

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A search and rescue effort resumed on Wednesday for a teenager who went missing in waters off Victoria’s far west coast on Tuesday night.

Two teenagers were swimming in the ocean off Blowholes Road in Cape Bridgewater when one of the boys was swept into the ocean about 7pm.

The search was called off about 11.30pm on Tuesday evening.

Emergency services responded to the incident shortly after, but search efforts were paused when one of the teenagers, aged 14, had not been found after three hours.

The second teenager, a 15-year-old boy, was transported to hospital in a stable condition with injuries to his upper and lower body, shortly after 7.15pm.

The families of the boys gathered on the cliffs of the notoriously dangerous rock pools near the town of Portland on Tuesday evening while a large-scale search operation got underway.

Ambulance Victoria said a woman in her 40s was assessed at the scene but no emergency treatment or transport was required.

The boys were swimming at an unpatrolled section of the beach close to dusk, in choppy conditions.

Victoria Police said they had conducted an extensive search in the waters until 11.30pm.

The SES, police and Life Saving Victoria were part of the large-scale search effort on Tuesday. Police resumed the search on Wednesday as the second boy continued to recover at a Portland hospital.

Friends of the boys were in shock as they learnt of the incident, which has shaken the tight-knit Cape Bridgewater community just days before Christmas.

Paramedics responded to the Cape Bridgewater incident on Tuesday evening.

About 21 kilometres south-west of Portland, the blowholes at Cape Bridgewater create large spouts of water in high seas.

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