Queensland

Missing Sunshine Coast swimmer running from police

A man missing after diving into the surf at a Sunshine Coast beach in the early hours of Saturday was fleeing police, it has been revealed.

A search was launched for a man believed to be Ricky Gardner, 37, after he ran from police who tried to arrest him in Hastings Street in Noosa about 12.30am on Saturday and dived into the ocean at the nearby Noosa beach.

The search continued throughout Saturday and resumed on Sunday, however, police admitted they were not sure if he had returned to shore.

He was last seen swimming into the darkness.

In a statement released on Saturday, police said Mr Gardner had no fixed address.

He is believed to be wanted by New South Wales police on outstanding warrants.

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His attempted arrest in Noosa was for minor public order offences.

"Mr Gardner is believed to be itinerant with no fixed abode and is believed to be residing in a van and frequenting the Noosa area," QPS said.

"Police are urging Mr Gardner or anyone who may have contact with him to contact police to verify that he is safe."

Mr Gardener is Caucasian, 178 centimetres tall with a slim build and light complexion.

Anyone who may have seen him is urged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or at crimestoppers.com.au

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