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Australia Swimmer seen struggling, waving arms before vanishing in open water

01:30  15 november  2019
01:30  15 november  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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Open water swimming is a swimming discipline which takes place in outdoor bodies of water such as open oceans, lakes, and rivers. The beginning of the modern age of open water swimming is sometimes taken to be May 3, 1810, when Lord Byron swam several miles to cross the Hellespont

Open water swimming doesn’t have to be daunting. In fact, the sport’s been growing in popularity over the past decade, says Steven Munatones, founder of the World Open Water Swimming Association. There are now thousands of events around the world, and all kinds of people are trying it.

a group of people on a beach: The view off the coast of Woody Point in the Moreton Bay region.© Google Maps - Nathen Sieben The view off the coast of Woody Point in the Moreton Bay region.

The search continues for a swimmer last seen struggling in the water and waving his arms before disappearing in open water off the Moreton Bay coast.

An eagle-eyed resident was watching the man through binoculars from her home in Woody Point, about 30 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD, about 6.30pm on Thursday.

The woman saw the man swimming about 500 metres off the Margate coastline in a south-easterly direction, away from land and towards greater Brisbane.

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When talking to different open water swimmers one often find that they may highlight different skills and areas on which they believe it’s important to focus. Rough water is a pretty broad description though that varies for the swimmer according to wind direction and swim direction.

The swimmer appeared to be struggling and waved his arms before the resident lost sight of him.

A second witness who was fishing on the Woody Point jetty also told police she saw the man swimming in the same area about 4pm the same day.

A search on Thursday night involved water police, coastguard and volunteer marine rescue vessels. The police helicopter also scoured the water until about 10pm, when the search was suspended.

Police said officers and SES volunteers would conduct a shoreline search on Friday while the police and Rescue 500 helicopters were also expected to be called in.

Anyone with information should contact Policelink on 13 14 44.

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