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Swimmer missing at Lennox Head

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A search has resumed for a man who went missing while swimming at Lennox Head yesterday.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked by NSW Ambulance yesterday afternoon after a report of a person who was seen in difficulty swimming off 7 mile beach at Lennox Head.

An extensive air and sea search was conducted by Surf Life Saving, NSW Police, NSW Ambulance and the Helicopter, all of whom failed to find any trace of the person.

The helicopter returned to base and NSW Police continued their investigations. 

Personal belongings were found unattended on the beach near the surf club and, about 7pm, a man approached police at the scene with concerns his 19-year-old son had not returned from a swim.

The search by SLSC members – involving multiple boardriders, IRBs, drones and personal watercraft – continued until nightfall, with police, Marine Rescue members and the Westpac Helicopter crew continuing to search until 10pm, when the operation was suspended.

The search resumed at 6.30am today (Saturday 18 December), and involves similar resources; Water Police and Marine Rescue NSW are currently conducting sweeps off the coastline.


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