The scene of the assault at Mooloolaba.
The scene of the assault at Mooloolaba.

Police seeking tourist over rape at Mooloolaba beach

POLICE believe a man who allegedly raped a teenage girl on the beach at  Mooloolaba was a tourist.

The 19-year-old was sitting on the beach 50m from the surf lifesaving tower when she was allegedly attacked about 2am Sunday morning.

Police said the girl, on holiday from Brisbane, had parted ways with her friends after a night out drinking.

The man, who was described as having a distinctive English accent, allegedly approached the girl in the sand dunes.

There were no lights in the area.

Police were reviewing security footage taken from a camera outside the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club to try to identify the man.

The victim described her attacker as a caucasian male with blond hair and a strong English accent. He was wearing a black V-neck t-shirt and blue jeans.

Sunshine Coast CIB officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said the girl could not give a clear description of the man.

"It was quite dark where the alleged assault happened," Snr Sgt Edwards said.

"There are good indications that this guy was not from here and may have been from overseas."

Detectives and Scenes of Crime officers searched for evidence on Sunday, surprising beachgoers who found an area from the dunes to the water sealed off by police tape.

Snr Sgt Edwards said the alleged assault was not a common occurrence on the Coast.

"This is of huge concern for police, but it is not something we are hearing a lot of," he said.

"You cannot blame the victim for what happened to her, but it does reiterate the need to always be accompanied by a mate.

"Even men can become vulnerable targets when they are on their own so it does pay to stay with your friends, never go off on your own and stay somewhere where people can see you."

Police ask anyone who may have seen a man of the above description in the area between 2-3am to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.


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