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A joint search and rescue operation restarted at 7am this morning for a swimmer last seen off Byron Bay. Photo Marine Rescue NSW

A search resumed this morning for a man reported missing while swimming at Byron Bay.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police Area Command have been told two people saw a man struggling in surf about 30m offshore of Main Beach about 5.30pm on Wednesday 1 March 2023.

A 22-year-old man attempted to assist the swimmer but was overwhelmed by the prevailing conditions.

Local police, NSW Ambulance, Surf Life Saving, Fire and Rescue NSW, Marine Rescue and Queensland PolAir personnel attended the scene and began searching for the man; however, the search was suspended about 8.30pm without any sign of the missing swimmer.

A joint search and rescue operation restarted at 7am this morning. Photo Marine Rescue NSW

‘Marine Rescue boat Brunswick 30 is searching off Byron’s Main Beach while Ballina 30 is focussing around the Tallow Beach area. Two operators are looking after radio communications from the Cape Byron base,’ said a spokesperson for Marine Rescue NSW.

Personal items have been located on the beach; as yet there have been no reports of anyone missing.

The search will resume at 7am (Thursday 2 March 2023).

Anyone with information about a missing person in the area is urged to contact Byron Bay Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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