Matt Barclay.
Matt Barclay. Cade Mooney

Byron clubbies helped in search

AT least eight Byron Bay Surf Lifesaving Club competitors at this year's National Championships on the Gold Coast have been directly involved in the search for missing competitor Matt Barclay, whose body was found about 9.30am this morning.

Among those in the search party from the Byron contingent was a jet ski operator who was searching without success for more than six hours yesterday, from around noon until 6:30pm.

Byron SLSC team manager and club coach Glenn Lawrence said the team was "emotionally and physically shattered", and those involved in the search felt a "sense of failure" that they were unable to locate the body.

They held an emergency team meeting last night in which tears were shed by many of the team.

Byron Bay SLSC is heavily represented at the National Championships with around 70 competitors, ten of which are under 15.

The boy's body was eventually found this morning in the vicinity of Northcliffe, about 1km north of the event site at Kurrawa.



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