The large-scale search for a missing spear fisherman who was washed off rocks near near Trial Bay Gaol last week has been suspended.
Police will be conducting regular patrols of the area for any sign of the 52-year-old man and will continue to monitor conditions.
"Due to the conditions, divers haven't been able to enter the water. We will be assessing the suitability of the conditions going forward and when they ease, divers will be able to conduct their search," Kempsey Officer in Charge Inspector Martin Burke said.
"Marine Area Command have been liaising with the divers and will also continue to monitor conditions."
The 52-year-old man and his son were spear fishing at Laggers Point at South West Rocks on February 4 when a large wave pushed them onto rocks; the older man was swept back into the water a short time later and has not been seen since.
Emergency services were called to the scene around 1pm and a large-scale search operation was conducted with officers from Mid North Coast Police District, Water Police, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Marine Rescue, NSW Ambulance, NSW Surf Lifesaving and local lifeguards searching for the man.
He was last seen wearing a blue and green full-length wetsuit with a yellow-tipped snorkel and one black flipper.