Weather delays search for Dylan

A MySpace photo of Dylan Etherington.
A MySpace photo of Dylan Etherington.

SWOLLEN rivers and bad weather continue to hamper Bosnian authorities searching for missing Byron Bay man Dylan Etherington.

Mr Etherington was last seen diving from the historic Old Bridge in the city of Mostar on February 22 and is feared drowned.

Mr Etherington’s parents and sister travelled from Bryon Bay to Bosnia last week.

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said the Australian Embassy in Vienna was liaising with local authorities, who are continuing an extensive search for Mr Etherington.

“Consular staff from the Australian Embassy in Vienna travelled to Mostar in order to provide consular assistance to the man’s family in Bosnia Herzegovina,” she said.

“Australian consular staff have now returned to Vienna and made arrangements for the British Embassy to assist the family until they leave Bosnia Herzegovina.

“Officers from the Australian Embassy in Zagreb have attempted to contact the man’s father to offer consular assistance in Croatia if required.”

The 20-metre high bridge in Mostar is a popular summer destination for extreme sports enthusiasts.

According to Bosnian police spokesman Srecko Bosnjak, locals tried to dissuade Mr Etherington from jumping due to the conditions.

Melting spring snow and seasonally wet weather combine to make Bosnian rivers and waterways treacherous at this time of year.

The icy, swollen Neretva River had risen 10 metres at the time of Mr Etherington’s disappearance, drastically increasing the search area.

The Australian Embassy in Zagreb has contacted Croatian police in border regions near Bosnia Herzegovina to ensure local authorities are aware of the search.

According to Bosnian police, two friends were travelling with Mr Etherington at the time and one filmed the dive.

The popular 22-year-old who grew up in Byron Bay is a keen surfer and a talented film-maker who had recently co-produced a successful video for renowned local band, Parkway Drive, and was working on a new documentary.

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