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Endicott Ackerman, American Student, Feared Dead in Australia: Reports

by Cassandra Vinograd /  / Updated 
Endicott Ackerman appears in a photo from Facebook, according to NBC News' Australian partner 7 Network.via Facebook

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An American student is missing and feared dead after disappearing into the waves off Australia's famous Bondi Beach, according to local reports.

Storms battered the country in recent days, sending large swells onto the coast in Sydney.

 Emergency services search for the missing American on Monday. SAM MOOY / EPA

Police confirmed that a swimmer went missing on Monday afternoon, saying that emergency services were called to the southern end of Bondi Beach on reports of a man in distress.

The swimmer had "failed to resurface after jumping into waves at the southern end of the beach," according to a rescue organization whose helicopter joined the search.

Choppers, lifeguards and police rescue searched Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Nothing was located," police said in a statement on Wednesday announcing that the search has been suspended.

Police have not named the missing swimmer. However, local media identified him as Endicott Ackerman — a 20-year-old American student at the University of Sydney.

 Endicott Ackerman appears in a photo from Facebook, according to NBC News' Australian partner 7 Network. via Facebook

Ackerman was dressed only in board shorts when he jumped off the rocks into wild waves off Bondi Beach on Monday, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The University of Sydney confirmed to NBC News that Endicott was enrolled there and said it was in touch with his family. It declined to comment further.

The American Consulate in Sydney, meanwhile, said it was "aware of reports" of a missing American citizen and would "fully cooperate with local authorities."

Ackerman was a star athlete who graduated in the Class of 2014 at Robinson High School in Virginia.

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