Body found in search for Nepalese student at Sydney beach

After three days of searching, police divers have found the body of 26-year-old Sudeep Uprety under a rock ledge.


The Nepalese student was with his friend Shristi Bhandari at Sydney’s Maroubra beach when they were swept out to sea on Monday night.

Shristi had only been in the country two weeks.

The 23-year-old’s body was found washed up on the beach on Tuesday.

Surf Lifesaving NSW Director John Restuccia told SBS this latest incident is tragic, but people need to adhere to the warnings and only swim between the flags.

“At night time there’s no way in world to know what the rips and the waves or even the currents are doing,” Mr Restuccia said.

Mr Restuccia believes we need to get “serious” about better educating foreigners about Australian water safety and the government needs to get on board.

“They are always looking excited when they come in to Australia. The first place they want to go to is a beach so maybe some more safety messages on the aeroplanes prior to landing at Australia would possibly help the situation,” said Mr Restuccia.

There’s been 23 drownings in NSW since Christmas, four within the Nepalese community.

Non-Resident Nepalese Association Secretary Tonnou Ghothane says he is pushing for students to be taught about the dangers of water in schools and universities in Nepal and for compulsory swimming lessons when young people arrive in Australia.

“Because we come from a land locked country and try to teach them what it’s like the dangers of sea back in Australia and I hope once they are aware they’ll be more careful,” Mr Ghothane said.