Police resume search for surfer feared missing in waters of NSW beach
Police in New South Wales will this morning resume their search for a female surfer who may be missing in waters off Newcastle.
Emergency services were called to Newcastle Beach around 6.20pm yesterday following reports a surfer appeared to be struggling in the ocean.
A female witness told officers she saw a surfer in choppy ocean conditions struggling about 100 metres offshore, police say.
A search of the beach and water then began and a rescue helicopter was sent out along with a police rescue and NSW Ambulance team.
NSW Police acting inspector David Piddington said authorities are calling on anyone who may have seen the surfer to help in the search.
"At this stage, we have not taken any reports of any missing persons in the area, though we would like to speak with any surfers who were in the water at Newcastle Beach at the time and may have seen a fellow surfer in trouble," he said.
The search was suspended overnight however police will continue looking for the missing woman today.
There is a hazardous surf warning currently in place for much of the NSW coast this morning, with an early thunderstorm forecast for the Sydney area.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.