Alleged missing swimmer hoaxer charged but not in custody


East Coast Radio and other local media have just received the following from the police. Police media have confirmed the man is not in custody, but his lawyer has contacted police. 

"A man has been charged after he filed a false missing person report of a man who went missing in waters off Tathra last week.

About 5.30pm (Wednesday 14 August 2019), emergency services were called to Gillards Beach, after reports of a swimmer had gone missing.

A search was initiated involving local police, coordinated by the Marine Area Command and assisted by State Emergency Service (SES), NSW Ambulance, Surf Rescue NSW, PolAir, and SES.

The search continued until Friday 16 August 2019, when inquiries determined the report was false, and there was no missing swimmer.

Following investigations, officers from South Coast Police District issued a Future Court Attendance Notice to the 42-year-old man for the offence of false representation resulting in police investigation on Tuesday 20 August 2019.

The Victorian man is due to appear at Bega Local Court on Tuesday 15 October 2019."