The search for a missing man off Main Beach in Yamba.
The search for a missing man off Main Beach in Yamba.

Is the swimmer presumed missing off Yamba, actually missing?

POLICE are following new leads in the search for a swimmer thought to be missing off Yamba's Main Beach.

Grafton duty officer Inspector Jo Reid said officers were investigating a witness report that they had spoken to a man matching the description given by police, who then got into a car and left the beach.

Surf patrols to try to locate the man continued yesterday despite the new information.

"No-one has been reported missing yet, but we don't want to rule anything out at this stage," Insp Reid said.

A major search involving police, Marine Rescue and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service was sparked on Sunday afternoon when beachgoers noticed a man's hat and maroon towel on the beach hours after he was seen entering the surf at 12.15pm.

No-one spoken to had seen the man return from the surf.

No-one has been reported missing yet, but we don't want to rule anything out at this stage.

At the time, the man was wearing dark boardshorts and had a profound limp on his left leg. He was described by witnesses as in his 60s, about 170-173cm tall, with short grey hair.

Police are appealing for the man or anyone with information about the man to contact Yamba Police Station on 6603 0199 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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