The search for a missing kayaker continues near Uki

The Westpac Helicopter has been called to help search for a missing person.
The Westpac Helicopter has been called to help search for a missing person.

Updated report, 11.47am: THE search for a man missing since Thursday is continuing today at Clarrie Hall Dam with police divers from Sydney now at the scene.

"We utilised SES and Westpac LIfe Saver Rescue Helicopter last week to try and locate him without success," Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen said.

"Today we're using the support of police divers to look for the gentleman."

" He regularly goes to the dam canoeing...the circumstances are that he hasn't returned home and with the canoe being located it certainly raises our suspicion."

It is understood the 76-year-old missing man is from Nimbin. The alarm was raised after the man's family contacted police when he failed to return from Clarrie Hall Dam.


Initial report, June 1, 6.20pm:THE WESTPAC Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was kept busy on Saturday afternoon responding to three incidents within two hours, including the search for a missing kayaker at Clarrie Hall Dam.

At about 1pm the helicopter was called after a small boat capsized at the mouth of the Brunswick River leaving its three occupants stranded in the water.

Ambulance NSW Brunswick Valley Zone Inspector Greg Powell said two ambulances and police raced to the scene with each vehicle going to either side of the river mouth.

Insp Powell said paramedics assessed one person on the rivers north wall and the other two people managed to get out of the water on the southern side of the river.

None of the people needed to be taken to hospital.

Once it was reported the three people were safe, the helicopter was diverted to a search for a missing 76-year-old man who went kayaking at Clarrie Hall Dam, near Uki, two days ago.

The helicopter conducted a search for the man after police reported his kayak had been found.

Both police and the helicopter were unable to locate the man.

Then at about 2.30pm the helicopter was called from Clarrie Hall Dam to airlift a trail bike rider who was injured when attempting a 10 metre jump while riding at the Tabbimoble Nature Reserve at Bungawalbin.

When the crew landed they found the 24-year-old man on the ground suffering leg, chest, abdominal and suspected spinal injuries.

The man was treated at the scene before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

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