Search for missing British tourist in Australia after belongings found on beach

Search for missing British tourist in Australia after belongings found on beach

A British tourist has gone missing from a popular beach in Australia alongside his French companion.

Police have launched a search for 20-year-old Englishman Hugo Palmer and his friend Erwan Ferrieux, also 20, after items belonging to the pair were discovered at Shelly Beach, on the New South Wales coast north of Sydney.

Walkers found their belongings at about 6.30am on Monday, and police later discovered their rental car in the beach’s car park with a number of personal items, including travel documents, inside.

New South Wales Police said a water and ground search had been commenced, but there had not yet been any sign of the pair.

Inspector Michael Aldridge told the Port Macquarie News that the two men had arrived in the area on Sunday morning.

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