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Mum of missing Brit Hugo Palmer visits Oz beach where belongings found | UK News



The mother of a missing British tourist has visited a beach in Australia where his belongings were found.

Hugo Palmer’s mother, Tanya McNab, said she felt “numb” as she attended a vigil for Hugo and his friend Erwan Ferrieux, both 20, at Shelly Beach north of Sydney on Sunday.

Her son’s dream of visiting Australia had “only just started”, she said, adding: “I’m feeling numb – completely numb. I have been since I heard the news.”

Locals and backpackers joined Ms McNab and other family members for the vigil.

Betsey Drake, who helped organise it, told ABC: “We decided as a community we were missing them too, even though we never met them.”

Erwan Ferrieux has dark hair, brown eyes, a tanned complexion and is between 175-180cm tall
Erwan Ferrieux was with Mr Palmer in the Port Macquarie area

Mr Palmer, from East Grinstead in East Sussex, and Frenchman Mr Ferrieux arrived in Australia in November. They had been in the Port Macquarie area since Sunday.

An air and sea search, including police divers, was launched after items belonging to them were found by early morning walkers on Monday.

Police later discovered their rental vehicle in the beach’s car park with several personal items inside, including travel documents.

The search was reduced on Wednesday.

A New South Wales Police spokesman said: “Based on advice from experts, police have scaled back the air and sea search, but sweeps of the coastline and foreshore will continue over the coming days.”

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