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Police call off search after false report of man drowning

Police and lifesavers conducted a search into the night after a swimmer was reported to be in distress in Shelly Beach waters.
Police and lifesavers conducted a search into the night after a swimmer was reported to be in distress in Shelly Beach waters. Valerie Horton

POLICE have called off the search for a man allegedly seen drowning at Torquay Beach saying it was a false alarm.

After searching on Saturday night and on Sunday morning for the alleged victim, police said there might not be any truth to the report.

At 5.45pm on Saturday, police received a distress call from two young girls who allegedly saw a man drowning.

Police responded to the call immediately and searched for the alleged victim with the help of Surf Live Saving and Volunteer Marine Rescue members.

They called off the search at 7.15pm and resumed early Sunday morning with the CIB getting involved in the incident.

After further investigation, police closed the case after receiving inconsistent and doubtful information from the callers.

Topics:  drowning hervey bay hervey bay police man report search shelly beach



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