Dye used to trace currents in search for fisherman 

SEARCHERS scouring the sea and land off Beecroft Peninsula for a missing Sydney fisherman have located an esky and an angel ring in the water near where the man was last seen.

Dye has also been cast into the water to help rescuers determine the pattern of the currents as the search continues in heavy seas around Currarong.

The man was fishing with three other friends when he was swept off rocks at Mermaids Inlet at around 2am Monday.

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A life ring was thrown to the man however his friends lost sight of him in the water and raised the alarm.

Volunteers from two Marine Rescue NSW Illawarra region units and NSW Police vessels from Port Kembla are continuing their search in rough conditions with swell around six foot.

A rescue helicopter has dropped dye into the water around the search site to determine the changing current conditions.

Marine Rescue NSW Regional Controller Bruce Mitchell said a life ring and esky had been retrieved from the ocean not far from where the man had been washed in.

“We would normally use our craft to search in around the rocks, however the conditions are too rough for us to go out at this time,” he said.

Marine Rescue vessels Shoalhaven 30, Shoalhaven 31 and Jervis Bay 40 are conducting a grid search between Beecroft and Little Beecroft.

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