Frantic search for English tourist, 20, and his French friend after their abandoned car and belongings are found next to an Australian beach
- Search underway for tourists whose belongings and car were found at a beach
- Hugo Palmer, from England, and Erwan Ferrieux, from France, are missing
- They are believed to have been swimming at Shelly beach, near Port Macquarie
A desperate search is underway for two tourists after their abandoned car and belongings were found near an Australian beach.
Police have been trying to find British tourist Hugo Palmer and Frenchman Erwan Ferrieux who are believed to have been swimming at Shelly Beach, near Port Macquarie on Sunday.
Property belonging to the men was found at the beach by morning walkers about 6.30am on Monday.
Police are searching for Hugo Palmer, from England, who is believed to have been swimming Shelly Beach, near Port Macquarie on Sunday
Erwan Ferrieux, from France, was with Mr Palmer at the beach when the pair went missing
Their rental car, a silver Commodore station wagon, Queensland registration plates 141-YML, was also found in the beach car park.
A search of the vehicle found a number of other personal items, including travel documents.
A water and ground search involving police, Marine Rescue, SES, NSW Police Force Marine Area Command began on Monday but signs of the pair have not been discovered.
Police are appealing to anyone who might have seen the men or their Commodore near the beach car park or in the surrounding streets to contact them.
Mr Palmer is described as being white, with fair hair, 180cm tall and of athletic build.
Mr Ferrieux has dark hair, brown eyes, a tanned complexion and is between 175-180cm tall.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Police are appealing to anyone who might have seen the men or their Commodore near the Shelly Beach (pictured) car park or in the surrounding streets to contact them