Search underway for missing Gold Coast swimmer

UPDATE @ 7.00 AM | The man who’s missing after going for a late-night swim on the Gold Coast has been identified as jockey Chris Caserta.

The Gold Coast Turf Club has confirmed to Newscorp that the 26-year-old went swimming with a female track rider at Surfers Paradise around 10.00 pm last night.

The pair got into trouble in the water when bystanders were quick to rush to their aid.


They were able to get the woman to shore and she has since been hospitalised in a stable condition.

Search efforts continue this morning for 26-year-old Caserta, who was last seen wearing only black shorts near Tower 34.

Queensland Ambulance’s Joel McEwan says that a land, sea and air search started last night but had to be called off.

“A rescue helicopter was called in as well as surf lifesavers on jetskis who patrolled for some time.

“They were unable to locate the male patient but the search is resuming at first light this morning,” Mr McEwan said.

EARLIER @ 4.00 AM | A desperate search is underway on the Gold Coast for a missing swimmer.

Queensland Police say just after 10pm on Wednesday, a 25-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man went swimming at Surfers Paradise when witnesses saw them struggling in the water.

Bystanders quickly rushed to their aid and were able to pull the woman to shore but were unable to get the man, who has not been seen since.

A land, sea and air search commented to try and find the man and will resume at first light this morning.

The man was last seen wearing only black shorts near Tower 34 off the Esplanade.

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