Search ends for swimmer reported in distress

UPDATE 9AM: The search for a swimmer reported to be in distress off Kings Beach has ended without anybody being located.

Police said they had not received a missing person report and as such had ended the search on Monday morning.  

A Surf Life Saving Queensland spokeswoman said volunteers had resumed a search at first light on Monday but the organisation's resources were no longer being dedicated to the search.  

She said up to four people had reported seeing a swimmer in distress beyond the breaking waves about 6pm Sunday.

They were able to give detailed descriptions, which sparked a search until dark on Sunday involving the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter.  

UPDATE 8AM: A rescue helicopter is working with lifeguards and lifesavers to search for a swimmer reported to be in distress at Caloundra.

Surf Life Saving Sunshine Coast lifeguard assistant supervisor Trent Robinson said a member of the public had reported seeing a swimmer in distress at Kings Beach on Sunday afternoon.  

A search of the area did not locate anyone before dark, when it was called off.  

The search resumed at first light on Monday, with a Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter assisting crews on waverunners to search at Kings Beach as well as the northern end of the Bribie Island passage.

Mr Robinson said no one had been reported missing so they were unsure whether or not there was still someone in the water.   However, he said the search would continue.  

EARLIER: A desperate search for a missing swimmer off a popular Coast beach will resume this morning.

A member of the public alerted emergency services after reportedly seeing a swimmer in distress at Kings Beach, Caloundra late yesterday afternoon.

A frantic search involving helicopters was launched last night but lifesavers were unable to located anyone.

It has been reported that the search will resume today.

No person has been reported missing.



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