Pictured: The beach-loving British tourist, 31, who disappeared into the ocean in Sydney

  • British tourist, Glen Sanderson, 31, went missing while swimming
  • He had been fishing earlier in the day with a friend at South Curl Curl beach
  • Friend raised the alarm at 7pm on Saturday when the man did not return
  • Helicopters swept the area but the search was called off on Monday

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The missing British tourist, who was last seen by friends at a northern Sydney beach on Saturday, has been named as Glen Sanderson. Police confirmed earlier today the large-scale search for the 31-year-old, who went missing after going for an evening swim, was called off but inquiries are still continuing into his disappearance. Mr Sanderson had been fishing with friends at South Curl Curl beach, northern Sydney, before he decided to go for a dip – the day before he was due to fly back home.

The 31-year-old only arrived in the country last week, and spent his time touring Sydney with regular posts on his social media account.

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The missing British tourist, who was last seen by friends at a northern Sydney beach on Saturday, has been named as Glen Sanderson (pictured)

Police confirmed earlier today the large-scale search for the 31-year-old, who went missing after going for an evening swim, has been called off but inquiries are still continuing into his disappearance

Mr Sanderson had been fishing with friends at South Curl Curl beach, northern Sydney, before he decided to go for a dip – the day before he was due to fly back home

The last post to his Instagram account was made on Thursday with an image of beach life-saving flags captioned with ‘S’alright is Australia’. Mr Sanderson visited South Curl Curl beach on numerous occasions during his trip as well as Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour, according to his social media activity. An image posted one week ago from Curl Curl, NSW, was captioned ‘worth the trip then’, as Mr Sanderson enjoyed his time in Australia.

His friends say they lost sight of the man when he was about 100m from shore and raised the alarm at 7pm on Saturday, telling police he wasn’t a strong swimmer. They waited in the surf club overnight as local police, Polair, Water Police, Surf Rescue NSW and the Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter searched for Mr Sanderson but found no sign of him. The last post to his Instagram account was made on Thursday with an image of beach life-saving flags captioned with ‘S’alright is Australia’

An image posted one week ago from Curl Curl, NSW, was captioned ‘worth the trip then’, as Mr Sanderson enjoyed his time in Australia

Surf life savers battled through rough conditions to try find him but there has been no sign of the British tourist, who has links to Manchester in the UK

Mr Sanderson was enjoying the last of the Australian spring sunshine before he was due to fly back home when he went missing, pictured are police searching the area

Surf life savers had been battling rough conditions at Curl Curl on Saturday – but there has been no sign of the 31-year-old man.

Detectives are also investigating the possibility Mr Sanderson got out of the water last night and may have walked into town.

‘It may well be that he has gotten out of the water at some point,’ Inspector Preston said. Surf Life Saving NSW spokeswoman Donna Wishart said the beach was one of the more hazardous in Sydney as there was a strong rip that could catch people off guard.

‘If they don’t know the beach and the conditions, because it looks fairly benign you get in the water and it can take you into deep water fairly quickly,’ Ms Wishart said. Police helicopters and volunteers from Surf Life Saving NSW searched the dunes on Saturday night to see if they could find the tourist

Police pictured at the scene on Sunday as searches took place with three boats and two jet skis

Boats and jetskis were launched on Sunday and patrols continued throughout the rest of the day

Concerned residents made their way down to the south end of the beach on Saturday night to help locate the man

She described the beach as ‘hazardous’, but said Saturday evening’s conditions were not particularly rough.

North and South Curl Curl beaches were closed as police divers joined the operation in choppy seas over the weekend. Concerned residents also made their way down to the south end of the beach to help locate the man. The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, slim build, about 175cm tall and with short ginger-coloured hair and a short beard.

He was last seen wearing board shorts.

Anyone with information should contact Northern Beaches Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

His friends say they lost sight of the man when he was about 100m from shore and raised the alarm at 7pm, telling police he wasn’t a strong swimmer

The man went for a swim at South Curl Curl beach around 7pm yesterday after fishing nearby with a friend, who raised the alarm when he did not return

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