Surf lifesavers are using drones and helicopters in a bid to find a young man who went missing in waters just north of Coolum. Picture: Natalie Wynne
Surf lifesavers are using drones and helicopters in a bid to find a young man who went missing in waters just north of Coolum. Picture: Natalie Wynne

UPDATE: Drones used in search for swimmer missing off Coast

UPDATE 9.45AM: Surf lifesavers are using drones in a bid to locate a young man who disappeared in waters at a popular Coast beach.

In a statement, Surf Life Saving Queensland said lifesavers and a rescue helicopter were continuing to search the water north of Coolum on Sunday after the swimmer went missing Saturday afternoon.

The Brisbane man, 21, was reportedly caught in a rip near Stumer's Creek, which is an unpatrolled area, about 4.30pm.

"Surf lifesavers in Inflatable Rescue Boats from a nearby patrol immediately responded to the area and commenced a search. They were also joined by numerous other services in the search, including lifesavers on jet skis," the statement said.

"The search recommenced in the early hours of this morning with the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter and drones conducting a search from the sky. Surf lifesavers on jet skis and inflatable rescue boats continue to be involved in the search along with vessels from other agencies."

EARLIER: The search for a swimmer who was taken out by a rip at Coolum on Saturday afternoon has resumed.

The 21-year-old Brisbane man was swimming with friends when they were caught in a rip off Coolum Beach about 4.30pm.

Water police and helicopters were both involved in the search but called it off at 8pm for the night.

A land and air search continued on Sunday morning.

Local lifeguards resumed the search about 5am, with water police joining them about 6am.

The incident happened near Stumers Creek Rd, Coolum Beach.

Originally published as Search resumes for swimmer missing off popular beach


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