Body of missing teenager Arash Yari found after three days of searching off Victor Harbor
The body of missing Victorian teenager Arash Yari has been found off a beach on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula.
- Victorian teen Arash Yari was fishing with a friend when he went for a swim and was swept out to sea
- His friend was also caught in the rip, but made it back to shore
- Arash’s father was rescued from the water by an Adelaide surfer after trying to rescue him
Police this morning confirmed the Police Water Operations Unit had pulled the body of 17-year-old Arash from waters off Parsons Beach, near Victor Harbor, after four days of searching.
At 10:15am, the police helicopter first spotted the body in the water before directing the police boat to retrieve him.
The teenager and a friend got caught in a rip when they were fishing off rocks at the notoriously dangerous beach on Tuesday. His friend managed to make it back to shore, but Arash did not.
Victor Harbor Police will prepare a report for the coroner.
Police also thanked the volunteers who helped in the search effort over the past few days in difficult conditions.
On Thursday, Arash’s friend, 20-year-old Nimatllah Rafiq Ali, detailed how the accident happened and how he and the victim’s father tried to rescue him.
He, Arash and Mr Yari were initially fishing, but noticed children and families playing in the water, so they decided to wade in the shallows.
“I was just swimming with Arash, my friend, in the water and the water was just by our hips, and suddenly in the blink of an eye I saw him panicking, because we were dragged into the ocean,” Mr Ali said.
“I tried to help him a couple of times, but the thing is, he panicked.
“He panicked, I tried to help him … it didn’t work. He pushed me down, but that’s what you do in a panic.
“I tried to get back [to shore] to get my breath, then came back and help him — to take him behind and swim — but then the waves came so we both were separated. I thought we both would die.”
He described his friend as “like a brother”.
Arash’s father rescued by surfer
Mr Yari was rescued from the water by Adelaide surfer Gethyn Singleton.
The surfer told ABC News that when he first saw something in the water, he initially thought it was a bird.
“Ten minutes later, I got at the top of the wave, got a bit higher, and had a bit of a view, and realised it was a person out there,” Mr Singleton said.
“I started paddling out, it was a fair way out, and when I got to the guy, probably 100 metres from him, he was screaming out and yelling out, like he was pretty distraught.
“I went over to him and put my board up to him and he sort of clambered over [but] he didn’t really have any balance — he flipped the board over.”
Mr Singleton said he had trouble communicating with the man about what had happened because of the language barrier.
“I asked him where he came from, whether he fell off a boat or was on the rocks or where he was. But he was pretty distraught and he was looking at death.”