The search for a man who was reported missing on Sunday afternoon.
The search for a man who was reported missing on Sunday afternoon.

Lifesavers went 'over and above' the call of duty

TUESDAY 11am: THE search for a missing man on Sunday has officially ended "with no loss of life or persons missing", Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club director Kyle Beattie reported.

Mr Beattie shared via Facebook a heartfelt thanks to the volunteers involved.   

"The level of professionalism shown by a large group of volunteer lifesavers to conduct the search was something I am immensely proud of," he said.  

"The clean, coordinated search lines they easily deployed under stress, curving around the headland, with a helicopter hovering overhead, when it mattered most on Sunday is a credit to (their) off season training.  

"Unfortunately, these sort of searches and incident responses are not rare … lifesavers go over and above the call of duty on regular occasions."   

Mr Beattie said lifesavers from Cabarita, Cudgen, Salt and Brunswick worked together with police, the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter and Far North Coast Branch Support Services on the mission.   

"The efforts of the support crew at the clubhouse and on the headland, ranging from SRCs to old hands, taking phone calls, talking to fishermen and keeping the BBQ going for when the search crew returned, is also greatly appreciated.  

"In those two hours everyone involved from Cabarita and the broader lifesaving community demonstrated the very best of surf lifesaving," Mr Beattie said.  


UPDATE 4pm: POLICE say a man who was caught in a rip but swam to shore a short time later could have been mistakenly reported as a missing swimmer yesterday at Cabarita Beach.

Police cannot confirm if the man is the swimmer who was reported missing to police but said it is possible at this stage. 

 One of the man's friends told officers at Tweed/Byron Local Area Command the man was swept to the south side of Norrie's Headland around the same time the alarm was raised for a swimmer in distress. 


UPDATE 10.15am: POLICE have thanked North Coast life savers for their assistance following reports of a missing swimmer at Cabarita.

"On behalf of Senior Officers from the Tweed Byron LAC we would like to express our thanks to the Life savers from Brunswick, Salt, Cudgen and Cabarita , for their assistance with the search for a suspected missing person off shore near Cabarita beach on the 22 January 2017," a spokesperson said.

"During the search which lasted over two hours, numerous resources including five IRB's and two jet skis were deployed during the search with the additional assistance from the Lifesaver 4 helicopter a comprehensive search was conducted with no find.

"Patrols along all beaches were conducted with no items being located to suggest someone had not returned from the surf."


UPDATE 8.35am: TWEED/Byron Local Area Command Police are continuing to work with NSW Surf Life Saving after a swimmer was seen in distress yesterday afternoon.

Police said no clothes or possessions were found on the beach after a member of the public raised the alarm yesterday.

Police said no missing persons reports had been filed involving a missing swimmer from Cabarita Beach. 


UPDATE 7.55am: The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter has confirmed that they were tasked by Ambulance New South Wales to reports of a missing swimmer at Cabarita. 

Initial reports was that the informant had seen a persons in distress prior to become submerged on the southern side of Norries Headland.

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter worked alongside multiple Surf Lifesaving assets searching the area adjacent to headland then extending offshore with nothing located.

At approximately 7pm search was suspended.

Further inquiries are presently being conducted by Police. 


MONDAY 7am: A SEARCH for a man missing at on the state's Far North Coast was suspended on Sunday evening after poor light made conditions hazardous for rescuers.

It is understood that the swimmer got into difficulty at Cabarita shortly after 4pm and a member of the public quickly raised the alarm with local police who subsequently requested on water support, a spokesperson from NSW Surf Life Saving said.

Surf lifesavers from several Northern New South Wales clubs including Brunswick, Salt, and Cabarita, a support operations jet ski, and a Duty Officer were all tasked to assist in the multi-agency search.

Aerial support from the Westpac Life Saving Helicopter was also provided, but despite the best efforts of all involved there was no trace of the missing swimmer.

Conditions at the time have been described as fair with a swell of between 1-2 metres reported.

A meeting will be held early this morning led by NSW Police with a decision to be made on the scale and resources to be made at this time.

Surf Life Saving will continue to make all assets available in the search effort.

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