Police and surf lifesavers search for a 37-year-old Brisbane man who went missing after going for a swim yesterday afternoon at Peregian Beach. The command centre at Peregian North. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily
Police and surf lifesavers search for a 37-year-old Brisbane man who went missing after going for a swim yesterday afternoon at Peregian Beach. The command centre at Peregian North. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily Brett Wortman

Search resumes for missing father

UPDATE 4.30PM: Beach patrols will work through the night in the search for a Brisbane man who went missing in surf off Peregian Beach yesterday.

The man, who has now been missing for more than 24 hours, was last seen going for a swim about 3pm on Sunday.

District Inspector Mark Henderson said a short time ago a number of resources would return to the beach tomorrow if necessary to continue the search.

He read a short statement from the family thanking "police, surf lifesavers, emergency services, volunteers and the beautiful people of Peregian for their ongoing efforts and support".

His wife is being supported by her sister and brother-in-law.

The man, a father of two, has only lived in Australia for the past three years.

He was described as a mid-level swimmer.

He had come up to the Sunshine Coast for a day trip with his wife and seven-month-old baby.

The wife stopped to feed the baby at Peregian when the man went for a swim in the ocean.

He was not seen afterwards.

MORE TO COME

 

UPDATE 12.30PM: A search and rescue co-ordination centre has been established on Peregian Beach where a man went missing in surf yesterday.

Surf Lifesavers and Queensland Police Service are working together to best coordinate the search.

A 37-year-old man from Brisbane, of German origin, went missing in rough surf about 3pm Sunday.

Sunshine Coast Surf Lifesaving duty officer Aaron Purchase said the search area would expand as more time passed by.

He said efforts were being concentrated on areas north of where the man entered the water.

Lifesavers at Sunshine Beach have also put on extra roaming patrols.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and numerous rescue boats, including the Coast Guard, were out helping in the search.

The man is believed to be from Scarborough and a new father.

His visibly distraught wife was seen on the beach yesterday afternoon holding a young child, believed to be a seven-month-old.

 

ORIGINAL STORY

A FULL-SCALE search will resume at first light today for a Brisbane man who went missing in rough surf off Peregian Beach yesterday afternoon.

Water Police and surf lifesavers were last night co-ordinating a land, sea and air search to find the 37-year-old.

The man's wife raised the alarm about 3pm after he failed to return from a 15-minute swim.

It could be a tragic end to the surf lifesaving season which wraps up today.

The man's wife, along with their young child, were seen being comforted by paramedics on the beach yesterday afternoon.

Sources last night said the man had been swimming outside the two nearest red-and-yellow flagged areas at Peregian Surf Life Saving Club and North Peregian Lifeguard patrolled area.

He was believed to have entered the water about 2km north of the surf club.

At least two helicopters, one of them the Emergency Management Queensland chopper from Brisbane, took part in the search last night.

A Department of Community Safety spokeswoman was last night unable to confirm if a night search would take place.

"They will allocate more resources when necessary," the spokeswoman said.

Sunshine Coast Surf Life Saving duty officer Phil Reed last night said the search had been scaled back in the early evening due to the failing light.

"Earlier on we had jet skis and surf patrols out looking. We were working with police to co-ordinate the search," he said.

Mr Reed said an armada of watercraft would be out at first light to continue the search.

Sunshine Coast Council Lifeguard services manager Scott Braby yesterday said beaches had copped a battering over the weekend due to solid swell.

"We've had lots of unstable conditions," he said.


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