Search resumes for swimmer missing at Lennox Head

Saturday, 18 December 2021 09:58:17 AM

A search has resumed for a man who went missing while swimming at Lennox Head yesterday.

Officers attached to Richmond Police District were called to Seven Mile Beach by a woman reporting she’d seen a swimmer in difficulties in the surf about 6pm (Friday 17 December 2021).

Officers were on site within minutes and immediately coordinated a search which involved resources including local police, Lennox Head Surf Life Savers, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance, and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Personal belongings were found unattended on the beach near the surf club and, about 7pm, a man approached police at the scene with concerns his 19-year-old son had not returned from a swim.

The search by SLSC members – involving multiple boardriders, IRBs, drones and personal watercraft – continued until nightfall, with police, Marine Rescue members and the Westpac Helicopter crew continuing to search until 10pm, when the operation was suspended.

The search resumed at 6.30am (Saturday 18 December 2021), and involves similar resources; Water Police and Marine Rescue NSW are currently conducting sweeps off the coastline.

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.