Body of man found in river after desperate search for missing swimmer

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

The body is yet to be formally identified, but police say they believe it is the swimmer’s – a man aged in his 20s.

The man’s body was found in the water about 7pm.

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 Tweed River. (9News)

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

Witnesses said they saw the man vanish below the surface of the water, sparking the desperate call-out.

Divers were called to join the search for the man after reports came in to authorities shortly after 1pm yesterday.
Divers were called to join the search for the man after reports came in to authorities shortly after 1pm yesterday. (Supplied)
Emergency services were called to the area after witnesses saw a man vanish below the surface of the water.
Emergency services were called to the area after witnesses saw a man vanish below the surface of the water. (Supplied)

Both Queensland and NSW Police launched the search yesterday.

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

A report will now be prepared for the coroner.

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

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