A couple’s dispute led to a search and rescue operation yesterday evening at Warriewood Beach.

Just after 5.45pm yesterday evening (Saturday, 30 March), emergency services responded to Warriewood Beach when a young woman reported that she could not see her boyfriend after he had gone for a swim.

Search for person in the water at Warriewood Beach

The woman in her 20s told emergency services that she and her boyfriend had had a disagreement, and that her 22-year-old boyfriend had gone for a swim in the surf to ‘cool off’, but after a frantic search, she was unable to see him in the water.

Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) patrols had ended for the day, so there was nobody at the beach to assist the young woman and she had called Triple Zero (000). The SLSNSW Duty Officer and an on call team returned to Warriewood Beach along with a significant number of emergency services personnel.

Search for person in the water at Warriewood Beach

Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command deployed to the beach and to the headland near the Warriewood blowhole to maximise visibility of the search area.

Search for person in the water at Warriewood Beach

With fading daylight, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and Toll NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter were both tasked to conduct an aerial search.

Search for person in the water at Warriewood Beach

Specialised rescue firefighters from Fire and Rescue NSW Narrabeen Station made their way to the beach car park, along with six NSW Ambulance crews, including Intensive Care Paramedics, two Special Operations Paramedics and NSW Ambulance Inspector Christie Marks.

Search for person in the water at Warriewood Beach

As SLSNSW lifesavers responding to Warriewood Beach prepared to launch an Inflatable Rescue Boat and a jet-ski, the missing man, identified by bright pink swimmers, was found safe and well on the beach by police officers shortly before 6.10pm.

The rescue helicopters were stood down, with the Westpac helicopter passing a parting warning about two 1.5m sharks spotted approximately 150m offshore.

Couple make up after missing man found safe and well on beach

Grateful that events had resolved without the need for a rescue, emergency services left the embarrassed couple to make up on the beach as they departed the scene by 6.30pm.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate

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