Lake Mulwala boating accident: Body of 16-year-old Shepparton boy found week after it went missing

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Tragedy as missing boy, 16, who disappeared after his boat capsized while fishing with his mate is found dead

  • Teenage boy who went missing after boat accident nearly week ago found dead
  • Jack Bird was fishing when boat capsized on NSW/ Victoria border on Sunday 
  • NSW Police confirmed a body was found on Thursday following frantic search 

A teenage boy who went missing after a boating accident while fishing on a lake has been found dead following a five-day search.

Jack Bird, 16, had been missing since his tinny capsized along Lake Mulwala, in Yarrawonga, on the NSW and Victoria border, on Sunday morning.

Emergency services launched a frantic search before officers recovered a body at 6.30pm on Thursday.

Lake Mulwala boating accident: Body of 16-year-old Shepparton boy found week after it went missing

Jack Bird, 16, had been missing since his tinny capsized along Lake Mulwala, in Yarrawonga, on the NSW and Victoria border, on Sunday morning

Emergency services launched a frantic search before officers recovered a body at 6.30pm on Thursday

Emergency services launched a frantic search before officers recovered a body at 6.30pm on Thursday

A NSW Police spokeswoman said the body had been found nearby at Kiffins Bay. 

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‘While the body is yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be that of the 16-year-old boy,’ she said.

Jack had been fishing with a friend when their boat was hit by a wave forcing the pair overboard.

Two men swam to their aid and managed to pull one of the boys to shore. 

They then swam back into the water to try and rescue Jack but couldn’t find the 16-year-old.

Victoria’s State Emergency Service, Centre for Maritime Safety NSW, NSW Police and Victoria Police worked together to find the missing boy. 

Victoria Police Senior Sergeant Nathan Ractliffe said windy weather conditions had made the search difficult. 

Both boys are understood to be from Shepparton and to have travelled the 80km to Yarrawonga. 

Mr Bird was working as an apprentice before the tragic incident unfolded.

Victoria's State Emergency Service, Centre for Maritime Safety NSW, NSW Police and Victoria Police worked together to find the missing boy

Victoria’s State Emergency Service, Centre for Maritime Safety NSW, NSW Police and Victoria Police worked together to find the missing boy

A NSW Police spokeswoman said the body had been found nearby at Kiffins Bay

A NSW Police spokeswoman said the body had been found nearby at Kiffins Bay

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