Police from Tweed Byron Local Area Command have issued a statement on behalf of the family of missing Irish surfer Stuart Butler, who went missing in surf at Byron Bay at the weekend.
‘We’d like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you on behalf of Stuart’s family both here and back in Ireland for the support we have received from the local community,’ a family spokesperson said.
‘In particular, the local police in Byron Bay and Tweed Heads, the Queensland Police Helicopter, Surf Life Saving North Coast, Brunswick Volunteer Rescue Association and Australian Maritime Search Authority.
‘We appreciate all of the efforts made to help find Stuart.
‘We would also like to make special mention of Mojo Surf and to the Arts Factory for their continued support, and their efforts to make us comfortable, during this difficult time.
‘We are full of hope that he will be returned to us and ask all to keep him in their thoughts and prayers,’ the spokesperson said.
The search for Mr Butler’s body continues.