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Search fails to find swimmer missing off Moreton Is
Posted December 7, 2007 20:27:00

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Police say they hold serious concerns for the safety of a man who is missing off Moreton Island near Brisbane.

The 25-year-old university student disappeared in rough surf while trying to help another swimmer at Honeymoon Bay on the northern tip of the island on Wednesday.

The other swimmer made it safely back to shore.

The state Water Police coordinator, Acting Inspector Warren Francis, says an air and sea search today has failed to find him.

"We've used some devices that help us track the movement of the water and where a swimmer would have gone and that indicates to us that it would have been a very local issue," he said.

Acting Inspector Francis says there are serious concerns for his safety.

"We refer to medical experts in survival medicine and they give us what we call a timeframe for survival and I must say that we're pretty well outside that time now," he said.