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PICTURED: Young man, 20, who was swept off a breakwall by a wave and drowned

A 20-year-old who was swept away by a wave and drowned has been remembered by loved ones as a ‘beautiful young man’. 

Muhammad Alee’s body was discovered between rocks by his family on the Coffs Harbour southern breakwall, on the north coast of NSW, on Thursday evening. 

A woman told police she was walking in front of Mr Alee when a large wave hit the breakwall behind her.

Muhammad Alee's body was discovered between rocks by his family on the Coffs Harbour southern breakwall, on the north coast of NSW, on Thursday evening

Muhammad Alee's body was discovered between rocks by his family on the Coffs Harbour southern breakwall, on the north coast of NSW, on Thursday evening

Muhammad Alee’s body was discovered between rocks by his family on the Coffs Harbour southern breakwall, on the north coast of NSW, on Thursday evening

A woman told police she was walking in front of Mr Alee when a large wave hit the breakwall behind her

A woman told police she was walking in front of Mr Alee when a large wave hit the breakwall behind her

A woman told police she was walking in front of Mr Alee when a large wave hit the breakwall behind her

Family and friends of Mr Alee are seen in Coffs Harbour on Saturday

Family and friends of Mr Alee are seen in Coffs Harbour on Saturday

Family and friends of Mr Alee are seen in Coffs Harbour on Saturday

Rescue crews began searching for the 20-year-old on Thursday night and continued on Friday - but their efforts were unsuccessful due to poor weather conditions. His body was found between rocks at about 9.30am on Saturday

Rescue crews began searching for the 20-year-old on Thursday night and continued on Friday - but their efforts were unsuccessful due to poor weather conditions. His body was found between rocks at about 9.30am on Saturday

Rescue crews began searching for the 20-year-old on Thursday night and continued on Friday – but their efforts were unsuccessful due to poor weather conditions. His body was found between rocks at about 9.30am on Saturday

When she turned around, he had vanished.

Rescue crews began searching for the Pakistan-born cafe worker on Thursday night and continued on Friday – but their efforts were unsuccessful due to poor weather. 

Coffs-Clarence Police District Inspector Joanne Reid said Mr Alee’s family and friends discovered his body between rocks about 9.30am on Saturday.

‘State Emergency Services and Police Divers retrieved the body that is yet to be formally identified but believed to be that of a 20-year-old man,’ police said. 

Family friend Amina Ibrahim told the ABC Mr Alee’s mother has been in and out of consciousness since their worst fears were confirmed.  

‘The family is dying here because they are stressing so much… they haven’t slept,’ she said.

She said it was unfortunate the family found the body as they already made their frustrations about the rescue mission clear.

Family friend Dianne Jacobus said Mr Alee was part of the Coffs Harbour Youth Group after moving to the town when he was 14.

‘This beautiful young man Muhammad Alee lost his life to the ocean,’ she said. 

Coffs-Clarence Police District Inspector Joanne Reid said Mr Alee's family and friends discovered his body between rocks at about 9.30am on Saturday

Coffs-Clarence Police District Inspector Joanne Reid said Mr Alee's family and friends discovered his body between rocks at about 9.30am on Saturday

Coffs-Clarence Police District Inspector Joanne Reid said Mr Alee’s family and friends discovered his body between rocks at about 9.30am on Saturday

Mr Alee was walking along a breakwall in Coffs Harbour (pictured) when a freak wave struck and dragged him out to sea

Mr Alee was walking along a breakwall in Coffs Harbour (pictured) when a freak wave struck and dragged him out to sea

Mr Alee was walking along a breakwall in Coffs Harbour (pictured) when a freak wave struck and dragged him out to sea 

Marine Rescue NSW are seen searching for Mr Alee on Thursday night. He had disappeared at about 6pm

Marine Rescue NSW are seen searching for Mr Alee on Thursday night. He had disappeared at about 6pm

Marine Rescue NSW are seen searching for Mr Alee on Thursday night. He had disappeared at about 6pm

A GoFundMe to help his grieving family pay for his funeral has already raised $5,600. 

The search was suspended at about 10pm on Thursday due to poor weather. 

There were patrols of the foreshore overnight before the search recommenced on Friday morning and again on Saturday. 

His sister Nargis Yaqubi said he was ‘the most loving brother’.

‘He was the most amazing person in our family,’ she said.

Ms Yaqubi was angry the rocks were not searched by rescue crews.

But Ms Reid said the weather was ‘atrocious’ and it was important to keep first responders safe. 

‘With every search it’s always dependent on conditions and the weather with this one played a huge part,’ she said.

A report will be prepared for the coroner. 

Emergency services were called to the Coffs Harbour southern breakwall, on the north coast of NSW, at about 6pm on Thursday following reports a man had disappeared

Emergency services were called to the Coffs Harbour southern breakwall, on the north coast of NSW, at about 6pm on Thursday following reports a man had disappeared

Emergency services were called to the Coffs Harbour southern breakwall, on the north coast of NSW, at about 6pm on Thursday following reports a man had disappeared

Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News

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