Search underway for missing swimmer – Gillards Beach near Tathra

A search is underway for a missing swimmer at Gillards Beach near Tathra overnight.

About 5.30pm (Wednesday 14 August 2019), emergency services were called to Gillards Beach, after reports of a missing swimmer.

Witnesses have told police a 42-year-old Victorian man went for a run and swim earlier, but was not seen again, and his clothes and personal belongings remain on the beach.

Officers from South Coast Police District attended and commenced a search for the man, coordinated by the Marine Area Command and assisted by State Emergency Service (SES), NSW Ambulance, Surf Rescue NSW, PolAir, and SES.

The search has now been suspended and will resume today (Thursday 15 August 2019) morning.

Surf Life Saving has an easy to use website: and a free smart-phone app ‘beachsafe’ to help plan a day at the beach.

More information about water safety in NSW is available at

Surf Life Saving NSW Surf Safety Tips:

* Always swim between the red and yellow flags

* Read and observe the safety signs

* Ask a lifesaver/lifeguard for safety advice

* Learn how to identify a rip

* If you need help, stay calm and attract attention

* Always wear a lifejacket while boating or rock-fishing

* If witnessing an in-water emergency call Triple Zero-Police

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.

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