Teen, 18, found dead after disappearing from popular Sydney beach while swimming with friends, had a taste for the great outdoors – as his heartbroken mum leaves an emotional message
- Missing teenager Ivan Korolev was found by police on Sunday
- He disappeared from Freshwater Beach after swimming
- He is remembered as a teenager who loved the outdoors
A missing teenager who drowned off the coast of a popular Sydney beach is remembered by his loved ones as a lover of the outdoors – as his mother shared a heartbreaking post on social media.
18-year-old Ivan Korolev went swimming with two friends at Freshwater Beach around 8 p.m. Saturday night.
His two friends called the police when they lost track of him and he failed to return to shore at around 8:15 p.m.
Emergency services launched an extensive search and rescue operation, working through the night to find Ivan.
After initially being unable to find him, the search began again on Sunday morning.
His body was tragically discovered in the water around 9:15 am.
The body of Sydney teen Ivan Korolev (pictured), 18, was found in the water on Sunday. Friends and family have paid tribute on social media
Friends and family have shared tributes to the adventurous young man on social media.
Ivan’s heartbroken mother, Anna Zolotukhina, shared an emotional message that read, “My son, my son.”
She said The Daily Telegraph that her son was “one of the strongest and kindest people I ever knew” and “had many friends.”
She spoke of her son’s love of the outdoors, saying he played sports “every day,” enjoyed parkour and practiced martial arts “since he was five.”
Ivan also wrote on Facebook that he was a ‘lover of all things outdoors’.
He would start a sports and fitness course at the Australian Catholic University within a few weeks.
Emergency services launched an extensive search and rescue operation to find Ivan after he was reported missing by his two friends when he failed to come ashore during an evening swim
Local police, the Marine Area Command, Surf Life Saving NSW, Marine Rescue, Polair and the Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter searched the area from North Curl Curl headland along the coastline to Bluefish Point and further out to sea to find Ivan.
Naval officers patrolled the water while police scoured the beach Saturday night.
The search continued in the morning when Ivan’s body was found.
Police say his death is not considered suspicious.
A report is being prepared for the coroner.