UPDATE | Search called off after body boarder comes forward

UPDATE @ April 17 2019 8am | A LARGE-SCALE search at a beach on the NSW north coast has been called off, after a man feared missing contacted Police.

The search was launched about 3pm on Tuesday after a green boogie board was found washed-up on rocks on the Ballina North breakwall.

Early Wednesday morning, the owner contacted local police after seeing the appeal shared in the media.


He told officers his granddaughter had lost the board in the surf, but was safe and well.

Police would like to thank members of the public and the media for sharing the appeal.

EARLIER @ April 17 2019 6am | THERE ARE FEARS a man may have come to grief in surf off Ballina, in northern NSW.

A search is set to resume on Wednesday morning, after a green body board washed up on rocks on Tuesday afternoon.

According to witnesses, the man entered the southern end of Main Beach, with the body board just before 3pm and rode the board on a rip to beyond the break.

About ten minutes later the body board was found washed up on rocks on the Ballina North breakwall.

No witnesses saw the man get out of the water, and there are concerns he is missing in the surf.

He has been described as Caucasian, about 40 years old, 180cm tall, with shoulder length blonde hair and wearing a black wetsuit.

So far no missing persons report has been received, and no other property was located on the beach.

A search involving Marine Area Command, Surf Life Saving, and Marine Rescue was conducted however nothing was located.

The owner of the board is urged to come forward to let police know he is ok. Alternatively, anyone with information on the man, or anyone who recognises the body board, is urged to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

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