Hope Fades For Missing Tourists As Their Social Media Accounts Go Quiet

Police are searching for two tourists who are feared drowned off a beach on the NSW Mid North Coast. 

Morning walkers found items belonging to the 20-year-old men -- Hugo Palmer, from England, and Erwan Ferrieux, from France -- at Shelly Beach about 6.30am on Monday.

10 News First understands the items found on the sand include two towels, two pairs of thongs, a pair of glasses, a bottle of water and keys to the car the young men were driving.

A member of the public moved them further up the beach to avoid the incoming tide.

Items belonging to Erwan Ferrieux (L) and Hugo Palmer (R) were found on Shelley Beach on Monday morning. Image: Facebook

Other personal items, including travel documents, were found in their rental car -- a silver Commodore station wagon with Queensland registration plates 141-YML -- which was located in the Shelly Beach car park.

A police command post has been set up in the car park as the State Emergency Service searches nearby bush, and jet skis and police boats scour the water.

The young men have been documenting their travels on social media, with the last post from Palmer uploaded five days ago.

Palmer is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 180 centimetres with fair hair and of athletic build, while Ferrieux is a similar height with dark hair, brown eyes and a tanned complexion.

Police are urging anyone who may have seen the young men or their car to contact them.

Officers have been in contact with their families, as well as consular officials from Britain and France.

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