Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Search for Night Bather

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Search for Night Bather

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A WOMAN is believed missing after failing to return from a late-night swim in Byron Bay on Saturday.

An air, ground and sea search conducted at daybreak yesterday at Main and Belongil beaches failed to see any sign of the missing woman.

Witnesses who had gone to Byron Bay to watch the full lunar eclipse on Saturday night told police they saw a woman undress and walk into the surf between 10.30 and 11.30pm.

When the witnesses returned to the beach shortly after midnight they found the woman's black dress still on the beach.

Police patrols of the beach that night were unsuccessful in finding the woman.

Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club duty officer Dan Andrew was called about 5.10am yesterday to initiate a water search for the woman.

aWe were told that she may have been heavily intoxicated, and vomit had been found on her clothes,a Mr Andrew said.

aWe searched near The Wreck and Belongil with both the rubber duckie and the jet ski,a Mr Andrew said. …

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