Melbourne : The search continues for an Iraqi man feared drowned after he was swept away in the Murray River Sunday near the rural town of Cobram, north of here.
Police said the 45-year-old and his 11-year-old son were swimming in the river when they got into difficulties about 12.15pm on Sunday.
The “Herald Sun’’ newspaper named the missing man as Abdul Aljaleei (Aljaleei), who emigrated from Iraq 11 years ago, and his son as Baker.
“Rescuers were able to assist the boy but they were unable to reach the man,” a police spokesman said.
Police, assisted by local volunteers, launched a search but found no sign of the man.
The Herald Sun said Aljaleei was a father of three and his wife was pregnant with another child.
Aljaleei, a former engineer in Iraq who had a strong command of English, worked for the local Alamein Iraqi Association, helping other Iraqis settle in Australia .
His wife is a teacher at the Alamein Iraqi School in the town.