Find on rocks sparks search operation north of Sydney

An urgent search operation is underway north of Sydney after a man’s fishing gear was found on nearby rocks.

About 7.20am on Thursday, police received reports abandoned fishing gear was found on rocks in Dudley, in the Newcastle region.

Local police are conducting a search of waters nearby.

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An investigation has been launched with the help of the Marine Area Command, Marine Rescue and NSW Surf Lifesavers.

Police have not linked the fishing equipment to missing man Luke Smith, who was on a small boat that capsized in the Swansea Channel on Saturday night.

Three days later, on Tuesday night, the search for Luke was suspended.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.


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