The search for a missing swimmer at Gillards Beach near Tathra is underway overnight.
At around 5.30pm on Wednesday, emergency services were called to Gillards Beach after reports of a missing swimmer.
Witnesses told police that a 42-year-old Victorian man had run and swim earlier but was not seen again and clothes and personal belongings remain on the beach.
Officers from the South Shore Police District attended and began the search for the man, coordinated by the Marine Area Command and assisted by the State Emergency Service (SES), NSW Ambulance, Surf Rescue NSW, PolAir and SES.
The search is now suspended and will resume this morning.
Surf Life Saving has an easy-to-use website: www.beachsafe.org.au and a free beachsafe smartphone app # 39; to help plan a day at the beach.
More information on water safety in NSW is available at www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au.
Surf Life Saving NSW Surfing Tips:
* Always swim between red and yellow flags
* Read and adhere to safety signs
* Seek safety advice from rescuers
* Learn how to spot rip
* If you need help, stay calm and get attention
* Always wear a lifejacket while boating or rock fishing
* If you witness an emergency in the water, call Triple Zero-Police
Please ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.