UPDATED: Chopper search called off at Austinmer Beach

Police and ambulance paramedics have gathered at Austinmer beach while a chopper searches overhead. Pictures: Angela ThompsonUPDATED: The search for a missing paddle-boarder may have been a false alarm.

Emergency services called off the search on Saturday night afterfailing to find any sign of a missing person.

An ambulance rescue helicopter searched from the air for 45minuteswhile police marine command scoured the water.

But no sign of any board rider was found.

A search of nearby car parks also failed to show any signs of a missing person.

As of Sunday morning, police have received no reports of a missing person so at this stage it is believed the board rider came back into shore unseen and unaware they were the cause of the search.

9.40pm: A rescue chopper is searching waters off Austinmer Beach,following unconfirmedreports of a stricken paddle-boarder.

A passer-by has told police a boardrider went into the water about 7.30pm, Saturday.

The witness raised the alarm when the person had not returned to shore, after nightfall.

Wollongong police and NSW Ambulance paramedics are at the beach.

The Mercury understands the witness account is inconclusive, and it is possible the board rider has made it safely to shore, unnoticed.

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