THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and other emergency services were at Dalwood Falls at Alstonville yesterday afternoon searching for the missing swimmer.
THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and other emergency services were at Dalwood Falls at Alstonville yesterday afternoon searching for the missing swimmer. Rebecca Lolback

Body of swimmer found at Dalwood Falls

UPDATE, 6am Friday: POLICE have confirmed that the body of the man who did not resurface after jumping into the water at Dalwood Falls yesterday has been found.

The body was recovered at just before midnight yesterday, police said

Yesterday afternoon Inspector Nicole Bruce said police received numerous calls that a 31-year-old Queensland man jumped from the top of the falls about 3.20pm yesterday and hadn't surfaced after a number of minutes.

Insp Bruce said police, police rescue, paramedics and SES units raced to the scene on Dalwood Rd and police were able to watch a video, recorded by a witness, of the man jumping.

"We have watched the video and are now quite positive the male is missing in the water," she said at the time.

"He jumped from above the ledge, from a tree, and failed to surface, witnesses said."

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called to the scene but returned to base after it was declared they were not needed.

The police then declared the site a crime scene and were waiting for police divers from Sydney to arrive and search the area. 

Later that night, the body was recovered.

Insp Bruce said despite warnings about the danger from police, it was the second or third time in as many months police had been called to Dalwood Falls for accidents.

"Although it is very hot weather, it is certainly not worth doing things like this."

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Lismore police on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

UPDATE, 5.50pm:  DALWOOD Falls has been declared a crime scene tonight after a man jumped from a tree above the popular swimming hole and failed to surface earlier today.

Inspector Nicole Bruce said police received numerous calls that a 31-year-old Queensland man jumped from the top of the falls about 3.20pm and hadn't surfaced after a number of minutes.   

Police, police rescue, paramedics and SES unit raced to the scene on Dalwood Rd.  

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called to the scene but returned to base after it was declared they were not needed.  

It is expected that police divers from Sydney will arrive in the morning to continue the search for the man.  

Anyone with any information on the incident is urged to contact Lismore police on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.  

 

UPDATE, 4.30pm: POLICE divers from Coffs Harbour are on their way to Dalwood Falls at Alstonville after reports that a swimmer has not resurfaced.

The Westpac helicopter has left the popular swimming hole and is returning to base with no patients on board.

A Careflight diver has been searching for the swimmer, but no-one has been found.

Police have confirmed that members of the public are also helping to look for the swimmer.

More to come.

 

ORIGINAL STORY: THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has arrived at Dalwood Falls at Alstonville.

Emergency services had received reports that a person had not resurfaced from the water.

A spokesman from the helicopter said details of the person's sex and age were still unclear and crews were currently on scene.

The falls are a popular swimming spot.



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