Report of a swimmer in distress in waters off Margate

Water Police are appealing for public assistance in relation to a male swimmer possibly distressed in the waters off Margate late this afternoon (November 14).

Around 6:28pm a female witness was watching the man swimming through binoculars from her residence at Woody Point.

She saw the man was swimming approximately 500m offshore in a south easterly direction.

The woman saw the man was waving his arms and seemed to be struggling in the water. The woman subsequently lost sight of the man.

A second female witness was fishing on Woody Point Jetty and saw a man was swimming in the same vicinity at around 4:00pm.

Water Police, Polair and Coast Guard vessels are currently conducting a search of the area.

Police are requesting that if anyone with information concerning this report including the male swimmer to please contact Policelink on 131444.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

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