The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter in action.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter in action. Contributed

Champagne bottle and footprints to water led to sea search

UPDATE 12.30pm: A SEARCH for a person believed to be missing in waters of Byron Bay's Tallow Beach has been called off after locals admitted to leaving their property on the beach last night.

Byron Bay police Inspector Greg Jago said police were alerted to a possible missing person at 8:30am after passers-by found a towel and half a bottle of champagne on the beach above the high water mark.

"There were footprints in the sand into the water," he said.

"As a result surf lifesavers and police attended the scene and were unable to locate any persons owning the property."

Insp Jago said police conducted further enquiries and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked to the scene.

"From the further enquiries that were conducted it was established that some residents from Beachcomber Drive had been at the beach last night and had forgotten to pick up their belongings before leaving the area," he said.

INITIAL: A SEARCH is currently underway in water off Byron Bay's Tallow Beach for a person who is believed to be missing.

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew chief Roger Fry said the helicopter was tasked to Tallow Beach at 9.30am after police received reports that a person may be missing.

Mr Fry said a towel with half a bottle of champagne was found on the sand, with footprints from the towel heading into the ocean.

Currently jet skis are patrolling the area while the helicopter searches from the air.

Mr Fry said police hadn't received reports of any missing persons.



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