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Swimmer still missing off north-west Tasmanian coast as search called off

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Surf Patrol Units from Boat Harbour, Somerset, Burnie, Penguin and Ulverstone are among the resources used that have been unable to locate the missing woman. Image / Pulse

The body of a missing woman, last seen swimming off a beach in Tasmania’s north-west, has not been located despite a second search this week, police say.

In the hope of finding answers for her family, police carried out one final search of the Somerset Beach area for the 22-year-old.

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However, despite “significant and intense” efforts, the search was “formally suspended” on Friday afternoon.

“The deployment of police divers and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, together with Marine Rescue assets from Ulverstone and Tamar, Surf Patrol Units from Boat Harbour, Somerset, Burnie, Penguin and Ulverstone have been unable to locate the missing woman,” Inspector Adrian Shadbolt said.

Police divers search the area near where the 22-year-old was last seen. Image / Pulse

“Yesterday’s significant air and sea search, which included analysis of water current data, has also failed to locate the missing woman.”

Expert opinion suggests that she “could not have survived” after going missing on Saturday November 11 while swimming with her sister and younger brother.

No sign of the missing swimmer was found during the extensive search. Image / Pulse

“Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this very sad time.”

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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Search for missing swimmer off Tasmania’s north-west coast back on

The search for a 22-year-old woman who went missing off Somerset Beach in Tasmania’s north-west on Saturday will continue today.

Despite extensive efforts, including the use of police divers, a rescue helicopter and various marine rescue assets, the woman has not been found.

On Sunday afternoon, shortly before the search was initially called off, Inspector Adrian Shadbolt said expert opinion suggested that the missing woman ‘could not have survived’.

“Understandably, this is an incredibly difficult time for the family and our aim today is to attempt to provide some closure for them,” Shadbolt said.

A Police diver exits the water at Somerset beach on Sunday. Image / Pulse

Sunday afternoon: Search suspended for missing 22yo Tasmanian swimmer with disability

Search and rescue teams have made the ‘difficult decision’ to suspend the search for a 22-year-old missing Burnie swimmer.

Authorities say the woman, who had a disability which may have affected her ability to swim, “could not have survived” after she disappeared in a rip around 2pm on Saturday.

Police operations at the Somerset Surf Life Saving Club. Image / Pulse

“Significant and intense search efforts by all involved in the search over the previous two days in the search zone have sadly, failed to locate the missing person,” Inspector Adrian Shadbolt said.

He said police divers, the rescue helicopter and marine rescue assets from across the north-west coast had all been deployed in the search – with 56 people on the ground involved in the operation as of this morning.

“[The search area] was calculated this morning at 200 nautical square miles,” Inspector Shadbolt told Pulse.

“It makes you quite proud to be Tasmanian when you see those sort of people giving up their time to assist in the search,” the Inspector said.

“Our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time.”

Search & rescue crews are currently search Somerset Beach in Tasmania’s north west for the missing swimmer. Image / Pulse

Missing 22yo Tasmanian swimmer ‘unlikely to have survived’, Police say

Police have provided an update on the missing 22-year-old swimmer at Somerset, saying they now believe the “survivability factor expired yesterday afternoon”.

The woman was reported missing around 2pm on Saturday, with an urgent search involving Police & Surf Life Saving launched shortly after.

“That time elapsed is just significant and beyond the survivability,” Inspector Adrian Shadbolt said.

Search & rescue crews are currently search Somerset Beach in Tasmania’s north west for the missing swimmer. Image / Pulse

It is now known the swimmer, who was in the water with her family members, had a medical condition which “limited her swimming ability”.

Surf Life Saving resources from across the north-west coast, including Boat Harbour and Burnie, are assisting with the search, alongside Police and Marine Rescue crews.

“[The search area] was calculated this morning at 200 nautical square miles,” Inspector Shadbolt told Pulse.

He said they “still maintain hope” but are now facing the worst.

“The sad reality is we’re in a search and recovery operation,” he said.

The 22-year-old local lived with her family at Camdale and was swimming with her 9-year-old brother and 26-year-old sister.

Search & rescue crews are currently search Somerset Beach in Tasmania’s north west for the missing swimmer. Image / Pulse

Authorities say waterways in the area are well known for being ‘rugged’ and urge anyone entering the water to know the conditions and check the Beach Safe website.

“If it’s a patrolled beach, swim between the flags,” Shadbolt said.

Police have thanked the significant volunteer resources assisting in the search, with 56 people on the ground involved in the operation this morning.

“It makes you quite proud to be Tasmanian when you see those sort of people giving up their time to assist in the search,” the Inspector said.

Police divers and other resources remain at the beach as search efforts continue.

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