Police divers on the water at Clarrie Hall Dam, near Uki.
Police divers on the water at Clarrie Hall Dam, near Uki. John Gass

Police divers continue search for missing kayaker

THE search of Clarrie Hall Dam for a missing kayaker from Nimbin will continue today, with police divers yet to find any trace of the 76-year-old.

Tweed Byron Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Bill Darnell said yesterday police divers concentrated their search around the western side of a net used to filter weed from the water supply.

The man's family reported him missing on Friday, after he failed to return from a kayaking trip to the dam on Thursday. Tweed Byron police, SES volunteers and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter began the search on Saturday.

Insp Darnell said the man's kayak, paddle and a bag were all located during an air, land and boat search of Clarrie Hall Dam on Saturday.

The scene at Clarrie Hall Dam where a search for a missing kayaker is underway. His kayak has been found.
The scene at Clarrie Hall Dam where a search for a missing kayaker is underway. His kayak has been found. John Gass

"Given the proximity that his kayak and belongings were found to the net, police are concentrating their search around the net," he said.

Tweed Byron Local Area Command Crime Manager Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen said police were unable to release the man's name as some of his family had yet to be notified he was missing.

"His family say he was a regular kayaker and fisherman on the dam using his kayak," he said.

Det Insp Cullen said the man's family reported it was not unusual for him to go fishing in the dam and then camp overnight near the dam.

"He usually tells someone when he is going, but on this occasion he never told anyone he was going camping."

Det Insp Cullen said the man's family was concerned.



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