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Updated 11am: Police continue to make inquiries after a woman went missing in the water at a beach in Byron Bay overnight.

About 12.15am today (Wednesday, February 7), police were called to Belongil Beach after passers-by reported a woman had gone missing in the water.

Police were told the woman went into the water looking for a backpack and had not been sighted since.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command, with assistance from the Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopter and Marine Rescue, patrolled the beach and searched the area but were unable to locate the woman.

The search was suspended about 8.30am with no sightings.

Police will continue to make inquiries with local accommodation providers.

At this time, no missing persons reports have been received.

The woman is believed to be aged in her 20s with long dark hair.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Original report: The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked early this morning to assist police in the search for a missing female swimmer.

An extensive search was carried out using night vision goggles and the aircraft search light.

The swimmer was last seen near rocks adjacent the main beach carpark. The flight crew reported that conditions were good for night coastal searching.

Nothing was found of the swimmer and police are investigating further into her last known location.

Further aerial searching may take place this morning.

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