Body of man missing after Christmas party swim found at Mermaid Beach

UPDATE @ December 21, 1.30PM | The body of a 25-year-old Brisbane man has been found at Mermaid Beach this morning.

Alvin Prasad disappeared after swimming with friends in Surfers Paradise in the early hours of yesterday morning.

It’s understood the group had gone for a swim after a work Christmas party. Three of the friends made it back to the shore, but Mr Prasad didn’t.


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Police were notified that a body had been discovered on the beach near Seashell Avenue around 9.00am today.

A report will now be prepared for the coroner.

EARLIER @ December 21, 7.00AM : A major search is continuing this morning for a man who went missing while swimming at Surfers Paradise in the early hours of Sunday.

Alvin Prasad is believed to have entered the water with three friends around 2.30am, following his work Christmas party.

The three friends made it back to shore, however a frantic search was launched for Mr Prasad when he failed to resurface.

Queensland Police Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said officers hold “grave concerns” for the 25-year-old man from Brisbane.

“We have deployed all available resources to try and locate that man,” Chief Supt Wheeler said.

“Of course, we do hold grave concerns for his safety… The water was rough, the northerly sweeping through, and the conditions really weren’t set up for swimming, particularly at night.

Police believe the group may have been intoxicated when they decided to enter the surf.

The search and rescue operation, involving water police, rescue 500 and volunteer marine rescue, continues.

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EARLIER @ December 20: A major search is underway this morning after a man reportedly went missing while swimming at Surfers Paradise.

Three people went into the water around 2.30 this morning but only two made it back to shore.

A man was treated by paramedics on the beach while a woman was uninjured.

Police initiated a major search and rescue operation which is continuing.

Water Police, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Rescue 500 are all involved in the search.

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