The WA premier has described as “distressing” reports two Perth brothers have disappeared while on a camping and surfing trip in northern Mexico.

Jake and Callum Robinson, both aged in their 30s, failed to arrive at holiday accommodation in the city of Rosarito.

It’s understood they were surfing and camping at the popular surfing spot Punta San Jose near the city of Ensanada.

They were believed to be travelling with Jack Carter Rhoad, who is an American citizen and is also missing.

Mexico search site for missing surfers

Brothers Jake and Callum Robinson haven’t been in contact with loved ones since Saturday(ABC News)

Their mother Debra Robinson has appealed for information on social media.

“They have not contacted us since April 27 … they are travelling with another friend; an American citizen,” the social media post reads.

“Callum is a Type 1 diabetic so there is also a medical concern.

“Please contact me if you have seen them or know their whereabouts.”

Cars parked and people standing at a cliff face in Mexico

It’s understood the brothers’ parents are trying to travel to Mexico to join the search.(Supplied: Mario Munoz)

In a statement, Ms Robinson said the family continued to hope the brothers would be located.

“We sincerely appreciate everyone’s concern and thoughts at this time. We continue to have hope that our two beautiful boys are found.”

“It is a deeply distressing time for us and we ask the media to respect our privacy at this time.”

Reports of woman in custody

Local media reported while searching for the men around La Bocana, authorities discovered one of the trio’s phones had been switched on around an hour’s drive of where the men were last seen.

“A woman … about 25 years old … was detained in possession of it [in the upper part of Maneadero],” reporter Mario Muñoz told the ABC, citing local police sources.

A section of coastline in Mexico, where local authorities are searching for Jake and Callum Robinson

It’s understood local authorities are searching for Perth brothers Jake and Callum Robinson, who have disappeared in Baja California, in Mexico. Their American friend Jack Rhoad is also missing.(Supplied: Mario Munoz)

He said she was also found carrying drugs and would be handed over to the state attorney general’s office.

“The state prosecutor’s office will investigate the disappearance of the three tourists,” Mr Muñoz said.

Mr Munoz supplied the ABC with pictures of the area in Punta San José where police are searching.

The ABC has contacted local and state police to confirm this information.

Social media posts stop

A friend of the brothers, Dan, said social media updates from the pair stopped at the weekend.

A white ute with a surfboard and towel in the back.

The car Jake and Callum Robinson were believed to have been driving in Baja, California before they lost contact with their family on April 27, 2024. (Supplied)

“Callum lives over in America and Jake was visiting and [they] sort of posted fairly regularly about their trip up until the weekend,” he told ABC Radio Perth.

“They haven’t actually checked into where they were meant to be on Saturday, and no one’s been able to get in contact with them since.

“We believe Callum was due back at work last week and hasn’t shown up … so obviously friends and family are quite concerned.”

“I think everyone’s just sort of hoping that we can spread the word for anyone that has any contacts in America or around that area that might be able to put the word out.

“I believe that Jake and Callum’s parents are trying to get a flight over there now.”

‘Very worrying’: premier

Premier Roger Cook said he was aware of the situation and described it as “really quite distressing”.

A red and white missing persons poster with pictures of brothers Callum and Jake Robinson and a third man.

Friends and family of the brothers are circulating a missing persons poster in an appeal for help to locate them.(Supplied)

“This must be very worrying for the families involved,” he said.

“When we do send our young men and women overseas to enjoy that adventure holiday, they invite an element of risk.

“I understand one of the individuals has a medical condition that would need ongoing care.

“I share [the] concerns of all Western Australians in terms of their welfare.”

‘High degree of caution’: Travel advice

According to an online lacrosse profile, Callum Robinson attended high school at Sacred Heart College in Perth before travelling to the United States to play college lacrosse.

Lacrosse Australia has released a statement expressing concern over the disappearance.

“We urge the Australian (and global) lacrosse family to continue sharing the post from Callum’s friends and family … in the hope that Callum, Jake and Jack are found safe and sound,” it said.

Both brothers have regularly posted images of their travels to social media.

Cars parked along a rocky cliff face in Mexico

Local media have reported a woman in possession of one of the missing men’s phones has been detained.(Supplied: Mario Munoz)

In 2015, Australian surfers Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman were murdered while travelling through Mexico in a camper van.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was providing consular assistance to the family of the two Australians. 

“Owing to our privacy obligations we are unable to provide further comment,” its statement said.

The Department’s latest travel advice for Mexico is for people to exercise a high degree of caution due to the threat of violent crime.

The advice said Mexican government statistics show Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo have reported significant increases in drug-related violence, particularly murder.

Baja California Sur and Baja California are among the states with the highest homicide rates.


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