Elderly man suffering hyperthermia after night alone on island

AN ELDERLY man, missing from a camp ground just south of the Tweed, has been found.

Barry Browning, 73, wandered off shortly after checking in to a cabin at a Yamba caravan park with his wife, about 4.30pm on Friday (17 July 2015).

A search commenced and the man was located by SES personnel about 10.20am on Saturday, at nearby Hickey Island.


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He was suffering mild hyperthermia and was taken to Maclean Hospital as a precaution.

EARLIER: MYSTERY surrounds the disappearance of a man from a camping ground south of the Tweed.

Barry Browning,73, went missing shortly after checking in to a cabin at a Yamba caravan park with his wife, about 4.30pm on Friday (17 July 2015).

Mr Browning went for a walk in an easterly direction towards a break wall, and has not been seen or heard from since.

After an unsuccessful search of the nearby area, his wife reported him missing to police about 6.30pm.

Police from Coffs Clarence Local Area Command, along with officers from the State Emergency Services, searched nearby bushland, beaches and water but were unable to find Mr Browning.

Police hold serious concerns for the welfare of Mr Downing, as the overnight temperature was very low. It’s also believed he suffers from Alzheimers Disease.

A further search is underway this morning.

Mr Browning is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 180 to 185cm tall, with a medium build, greying hair, and a moustache. He was last seen wearing a maroon coloured light skiing jacket, blue jeans and glasses.

Police urge anyone with information, or anyone who may know the whereabouts of Mr Browning to come forward.

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