HEADLAND: Fishing gear has been found on the rocks in the search for a fisherman missing from the Red Rock headland.
HEADLAND: Fishing gear has been found on the rocks in the search for a fisherman missing from the Red Rock headland. Emily Burley

Body recovered from water at Corindi Beach

UPDATE 3PM SATURDAY: A BODY was sighted in the water at Corindi Beach earlier this afternoon. 

Police and emergency services were called to the scene just after 1.30pm.

Police said the body has not been formally identified, but it is believed to be that of a 26-year-old Red Rock fisherman, Michael Fernance, who went missing in the area earlier this week.

The body was recovered by local police. 

A report is being prepared for the information of the Coroner.

This story will continue to be updated as more details are known.

FRIDAY, 12PM: THE land and sea search for missing Red Rock fisherman Michael Fernance has resumed at full scale today.

Police from the local and marine area commands, surf life savers, marine and police divers have been deployed in the area, with a helicopter also expected to be used at some stage if available. 

The search operation is expecting to continue throughout the day, pending weather conditions.

FRIDAY: GRAVE concerns are held for a fisherman feared missing in the water at Red Rock. 

The 26-year-old, believed to be Clarence Valley resident Michael Fernance, has not been seen since he went fishing off the headland on Wednesday afternoon.

He was reported missing by family members just before 5.30am yesterday after he failed to return home, sparking an extensive land and sea search operation which involved police divers, officers from the Coffs/Clarence and Marine Area Command and Surf Life Saving NSW volunteers. A helicopter was also called in to provide aerial support.

Police confirmed an initial search yesterday morning uncovered a large fish and one of two rods the man had taken with him, but at the time of print there was no trace of the man himself.

It is understood he was not wearing a life jacket, and locals said the spot where he was fishing, known as Flat Rock, was popular among anglers and reasonably safe in calm seas.

North Coast Holiday Parks Red Rock manager Geoffrey Wruck said the man lived locally for part of the year, and was very well-known in the area as an avid fisherman.

He said a number of locals had been deeply saddened by news the 26-year-old had gone missing.

"It's hard, especially when you see somebody just starting out their lives," Mr Wruck said. 

"He is such a nice guy and I've already had two phone calls from people who somehow heard it was him and said he'd taken them fishing before.

"He really touched people, and is just a kind person."

Surf life saving volunteers and and police personnel are expected to resume the search for any trace of him this morning, pending the results of a late afternoon search yesterday.

Police have urged anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

UPDATE 2PM: THE search for a local fisherman feared to be swept off the Red Rock headland has been called off, with no results.

An APN reporter on the scene said the search ended about 1pm, several hours after the man's father and brother raised the alarm when the 26-year-old failed to come home. 

His fishing gear has been found on the rocks but there is so far no trace of the man. 

The search is expected to resume in some form later this afternoon.

UPDATE 11.45AM: A HELICOPTER has been tasked from Queensland to provide aerial support to locate a missing fisherman.

Conditions are currently favourable for the search team with a swell of between 1.5-2 metres, little wind and good visibility.

It is understood that the missing man was not wearing a lifejacket.

NSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent said that lifesavers will continue to provide support in the operation.  

9.30AM: AN EXTENSIVE search and rescue operation is underway for a fisherman suspected missing in the water at Red Rock.

Police and emergency services were called to the Red Rock Headland just before 5.30am, following reports a 26-year-old man was missing in the water.

The man's friend reported him missing after he failed to return from fishing at the location yesterday.

Following an initial search of the area, officers located his fishing gear on the rocks.

A land and sea search is now underway involving police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command, Marine Area Command, including Police Divers, as well as Surf Life Saving NSW.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



Family memorials and tributes up for public comment

Premium Content Family memorials and tributes up for public comment

A change to regulations on memorials and plaques placed around the region is...

Once-in-a-lifetime Opera House piece from Yaegl artist

Premium Content Once-in-a-lifetime Opera House piece from Yaegl artist

Frances Belle Parker’s latest work is one of her biggest

Everything you can do in NSW from Friday

Everything you can do in NSW from Friday

A large number of virus rules are being lifted in NSW on Friday