A major search has been suspended for a man who was last seen swimming swimmer at a popular Byron Bay beach due to nightfall making efforts difficult.
Emergency services were called to Tallow Beach at Byron Bay, following reports a man had reportedly entered the water and seen in distress before failing to resurface about 3pm on Saturday.
The search involves Tweed/Byron Police District police officers as well as Surf Lifesavers, Marine Rescue NSW, and a Queensland rescue helicopter.
A NSW Police spokeswoman said the search was suspended at 6pm on Saturday despite the swimmer not being found.
“No missing persons reports (have been) received,” she said.
“ Unless there is an update overnight, anticipated search will resume at 8am Sunday.”
Police are appealing for anyone who might have seen the man around this time, he is described as being of caucasian appearance and aged in his 50s.
He was last seen in light coloured board shorts.
As inquires continue police are urging anyone with information to contact Byron Bay police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.