New South Wales

Search to resume for missing swimmer near Cowra

A search resumed this morning for a man missing while swimming in the Lachlan River in the states central west.

Police from Canobolas Local Area Command were called to Gerties camping area at Wyangala Dam, about 40kms east of Cowra, about 6pm (Friday 9 February 2018), after a 38-year-old man was seen to disappear underwater and not resurface.

The man had gone to the aid of a nine-year-old boy in the water, who was rescued by a kayaker.

A search began involving local police, assisted by State Emergency Service (SES).

The search of the river and surrounding shoreline continued until 10.30pm when it was suspended.

The search resumed about 7am today (Saturday 10 February 2018), with assistance sought from the Police Dive Unit.

Anyone with information should call Orange Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via social media pages.

Source: NSW Police