Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club named its new all-terrain vehicle after Ryan Martin, who drowned while saving a girl at the headland.
Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club named its new all-terrain vehicle after Ryan Martin, who drowned while saving a girl at the headland. Liana Turner

Update: Search called off for missing person at Fingal

UPDATE: Monday 12pm

A SEARCH for a surfer feared missing at Fingal Head on Sunday was called off with no-one sighted in the rough seas.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter, police and emergency services were called to the scene early Sunday, after fears a surfer seen entering the water may have got into trouble.

The chopper conducted a search of Fingal Headland and Dreamtime Beach, but was unable to locate any traces of a missing person.

A Westpac rescue helicopter spokesperson said the chopper was directed back to base, with the matter now in police hands.

“They were out for about an hour and-a-half and nothing was sighted, so they turned us back to base,” the spokesperson said.

“We haven’t been called out again, so the police will now start backtracking to investigate if anyone was actually missing from the local area.”

The rescue helicopter was called out twice after leaving Fingal Head, to search for a missing kayaker at Scott’s Head and for two people washed away in floods at Eltham.

The spokesperson said both parties were located safely by emergency services, without a chopper search required.

SUNDAY:

A SEARCH is underway at Fingal Head for a missing person believed to have entered the surf earlier this morning.

Police, ambulance officers ansd surf life savers are on the scene, scouring the water while a Westpac rescue helicopter is conducting a search above Fingal Headland and Dreamtime Beach trying to locate the missing person.

At 11.30am today, services are yet to locate any traces of the missing person.

Residents Damon and Karen Young said they weren’t sure if the person was a man or woman but said they had first heard helicopters around 8.30am this morning.

Waters around Fingal Headland are treacherous at the best of times, with two drownings in recent months, including Burleigh man Ryan Martin who died while trying to save a young girl.


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