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‘He was a hero': surfer swept away trying to help struggling girl

Police are continuing their search for 23-year-old surfer Chris Drake, who was swept away by a wave at North Curl Curl on Saturday, with police divers to join the search from 10am.

His mother, Nicolle Drake, said on social media her son had been trying to help a young girl struggling in the water when he was overwhelmed by a wave.

“Our lives will never be the same,” she wrote.