Tuesday, 14 February 2017
The woman, in her 20s, has been identified as an international student from the University of New South Wales. A member of the public discovered her body at the northern end of Maroubra beach in the city’s east about 6am today. It is understood she drowned.
Eastern Beaches Inspector Anthony Agnew said a man is believed to have been with her at the time. Personal items belonging to both have been recovered from the beach. “We haven’t been able to locate him at this stage,” Insp Agnew said. “We’re doing our best but the surf is very hard.”
“There’s a strong possibility he has gone into the ocean as well.”
The woman’s friends have been notified, however her family, from Nepal, have not yet been reached.
A search effort was launched this morning with the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, two Sydney duty officers, council lifeguard jet skis, and NSW Police all providing support.
Currently the search is concentrated between the northern end of the beach and as far as Wedding Cake Island at Coogee, but poor visibility, and strong swell conditions are presenting a challenge to rescuers.
A number of beaches in NSW are closed due to the weather with only Coogee currently open in metropolitan Sydney.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.