Fears For Missing Cabarita Swimmer

A search for a man missing at Cabarita on the state’s Far North Coast has been suspended on Sunday evening after poor light made conditions hazardous for rescuers.

It is understood that the swimmer got into difficulty shortly after 4pm and a member of the public quickly raised the alarm with local police who subsequently requested on water support.

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 on Monday 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.

It continues a challenging day on NSW beaches. A fisherman was rescued by lifesavers from Avoca Beach after being washed off a rock platform just 24 hours after the death of another fisherman at Tathra.

In Kiama a man was rescued by his quick thinking friend who threw him an angel ring after he was washed into the ocean, while at Manly a teenager was successfully revived by lifeguards who performed CPR.

Sun 22 Jan 2017