Body of child, 5, recovered from capsized boat

The body of a five-year-old boy has been found by police divers after a boat capsized off the NSW coast near Wollongong.

Police say the boat with four on board capsized near Bulli Point about 6.20pm on Saturday.

Two men, aged 23 and 31, were pulled from the water about 8pm by a rescue helicopter crew.

They were taken to Wollongong Hospital in a stable condition and have since been released.

Crews spent the night searching for those in the boat after screams were heard. Source: Facebook/Gina Holland

“Officers from Wollongong Police District – with assistance from the Marine Area Command, PolAir, the Toll Ambulance helicopter, Marine Rescue and Surf Life Saving NSW – commenced a search,” police said in a statement.

A search for the boy and a 28-year-old man resumed on Sunday morning after being suspended at midnight.

Witnesses told police they heard screaming coming from the north end of the headland at about 6:30pm on Saturday evening.

“They heard the screaming for quite some time and then it went quiet,” a police spokesman told The Daily Telegraph.

The capsized boat was towed into Port Kembla harbour on Sunday morning where police divers found the body of the five-year-old boy.

The search continues for the missing man. 

“The search resumed at 7am this morning with all emergency services uniting in the search,” said Inspector Norm Rees, Duty Operations Manager for NSW Ambulance.

“This long weekend disaster has unfortunately resulted in the tragic death of a young child.”

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking for everyone involved. All the emergency services are impacted by the tragedy, but our hearts go out to the family,” he said.

“Our main focus is continue the search and support the family through this devastating wait.”

Those on the boat were a father and a son, and two other family friends.

Chief Inspector Brad Ainsworth told reporters this morning he was not optimistic about finding the 28-year-old man alive.

“I can't see anything positive coming out, unfortunately ... He has been in the water for 12 hours plus. It is just a sad reality, unfortunately. I would love to be wrong.”

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