Body of man found in Tweed River after desperate search for missing swimmer

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Police officers have found the body of a man in the Tweed River, close to the NSW-Queensland border, after a large-scale search was launched for a missing swimmer.

The body has not yet been formally identified, but police say they believe it is that of the swimmer – a man in his 20s.

The man’s body was found in the water at 7 p.m.

A search for a missing swimmer has ended in tragedy after authorities found the body of a man - believed to be the missing person - in the River Tweed.
A search for a missing swimmer has ended in tragedy after authorities found the body of a man – believed to be the missing person – in the River Tweed. (9 news)

Emergency services were called to the area just after 1 p.m. 1pm after receiving reports that a swimmer was in trouble in the water near Barneys Point Bridge at Chinderah.

Witnesses said they saw the man disappear under the surface of the water, prompting the desperate cry.

Divers were called to join the search for the man after authorities were alerted shortly after 1pm yesterday.
Divers were called to join the search for the man after authorities were alerted shortly after 1pm yesterday. (Included)
Emergency services were called to the area after witnesses saw a man disappear under the surface of the water.
Emergency services were called to the area after witnesses saw a man disappear under the surface of the water. (Included)

Both Queensland and NSW police launched the search yesterday.

Surf Life Saving Australia, NSW Ambulance, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Queensland Marine Area Command and volunteers from Marine Rescue NSW all attended.

A report will now be prepared for the coroner.

A moderate flood warning is in place for the Tweed River as a trough of low pressure was unleashed across NSW yesterday.

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