Police resume search for missing surfer – Coogee

A search will resume this morning for a man believed to be missing in surf in Sydney’s east.

Police from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command were called to Coogee Beach about 5.10pm yesterday (Tuesday 14 July 2020) after reports a surfer appeared to be struggling in the water.

Police were told a man on a long blue surfboard appeared to be in some difficulties in the large and powerful surf conditions, about 200 metres offshore.

The witness told police the surfer appeared to be close to two other surfers in the water.

Police conducted a search of the beach, with the assistance of a rescue helicopter.

Officers spoke with the other two surfers, however they were unable to tell police where the other surfer went.

A review of CCTV cameras covering the beach was conducted and police established that seven surfers were in the waters just after 5pm, though only six surfers were confirmed by CCTV to leave the water.

Acting Inspector Peter Lawlor from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command appealed to anyone with information regarding the missing surfer to come forward.

“It is quite possible the surfer left the beach via an area which was not covered by CCTV cameras,” A/Insp Lawlor said.

“At this stage, we have not taken any reports of any missing persons in the area, though we would like to speak with any surfers who were in the water at Coogee at the time of the incident and may have seen a fellow surfer in trouble,” A/Insp Lawlor said.

“Our main focus to make sure the man is OK,” he said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police immediately.

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/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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