10 Oct 2014

Search ends for boy swept out to sea

4:43 pm on 10 October 2014

Police have called off the official search for a five-year-old boy swept out to sea by a rogue wave at Mount Maunganui.

Jack Dixon who was swept out to sea off Mt Maunganui.

Jack Dixon had been at the beach with family. Photo: Supplied

Jack Dixon was washed away during a trip to Shelley Beach with his grandmother, aunt and three cousins on 2 October.

Inspector Karl Wright-St Clair, of Western Bay of Plenty, said today an extensive search on the foreshore and at sea has failed to find any trace of the boy.

Mr Wright-St Clair said the difficult decision to suspend the search was made in consultation with the family.

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