Search to resume for swimmer missing at Byron Bay

Thursday, 02 March 2023 04:33:02 AM

A search is due to resume this morning for a man reported missing while swimming at Byron Bay.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police Area Command have been told two people saw a man struggling in surf about 30m offshore of Main Beach about 5.30pm (Wednesday 1 March 2023).

A 22-year-old man attempted to assist the swimmer but was overwhelmed by the prevailing conditions.

Local police, NSW Ambulance, Surf Life Saving, Fire and Rescue NSW, Marine Rescue and Queensland PolAir personnel attended the scene and began searching for the man; however, the search was suspended about 8.30pm without any sign of the missing swimmer.

Personal items have been located on the beach; as yet there have been no reports of anyone missing.

The search will resume at 7am (Thursday 2 March 2023).

Anyone with information about a missing person in the area is urged to contact Byron Bay Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.