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Search resumes to find paraglider reported to have crashed off coast at Woonona

The search on Sunday. Picture: Surf Life Saving Illawarra.

UPDATE Tuesday, June 14, 2022: The scaled back search for a paraglider who reportedly crashed into the ocean off Woonona on Saturday was called off on Monday afternoon. There have been no reports of a missing person, and water police and other agencies said they will continue to monitor the situation.

A SEARCH has resumed this morning for a paraglider reported to have crashed off the coast near Woonona on Saturday afternoon.

A multi-agency search operation commenced at Woonona Beach following reports a paraglider had crashed into the water about 200m offshore about 2pm on Saturday.

A search involving officers attached to Wollongong Police District, PolAir, Marine Area Command, Westpac Helicopter and Surf Life Saving NSW, commenced immediately.

Surf Life Saving Illawarra lifesaving crews were activated again early Sunday morning after the search failed to locate the suspected missing person.

Inflatable rescue boats from Thirroul, Bulli, Woonona and Bellambi SLSC were activated, including a support operations crew on a jetski and SLSNSW UAV drone to assist from the air.

Despite the extensive efforts of all involved, nobody was located, and the search was postponed on again on Sunday about 5pm.

The search has resumed again on Monday morning.

Police are urging anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident, to call Wollongong Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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