‘Miss you heaps’: Man goes missing in surf
Family and friends have led an outpouring of grief after a man who vanished during a late-night swim at the Gold Coast was identified.
The search for the missing 25-year-old, Alvin Prasad, resumed on Monday after he was last seen entering the water early Sunday morning.
A man claiming to be his cousin posted on Facebook saying the family "wish we were there" the night Mr Prasad went missing.
"We are lost for words," Raimond Prasad posted. "I really hope we can bring you back home brother, love you and miss you heaps."
A multi-agency response was preparing to head out at first light to try to locate the man on Monday, who was one of three people who decided to take a dip at Surfers Paradise about 2.30am Sunday, according to authorities.
It's believed the group were attending a work Christmas party and headed to the beach afterwards to celebrate.
On Sunday, police revealed they held "grave concerns" for the missing swimmer who never returned to shore, and these fears escalated after another evening without him being found.
Queensland Police Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler told reporters on Sunday authorities were doing all they could to find him.
"Four people went into the water in (the) Surfers Paradise main beach … Unfortunately, one of those people is still missing from that swim," he said.
"We have deployed all available resources to try and locate that man.
"Of course, we do hold grave concerns for his safety."
Authorities had been searching, going all the way up to the north of Surfers Paradise, but there has still been no sign of the man.
"I'm advised a number of people in that group came into difficulty as they were swimming."
"The water was rough, the northerly sweeping through, and the conditions really weren't set up for swimming, particularly at night. So we do hold concerns for that man.
"We're doing everything we can to locate him."
Asked whether the group members were drunk when they went swimming, Mr Wheeler said authorities knew the group had been celebrating and the potential of intoxication would "form part of our inquiries".
The woman was uninjured but another man who returned to shore was treated by paramedics at the scene.
Water police, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Rescue 500 was involved in the search on Sunday and a multi-agency response was expected to enter the water on Monday.
Originally published as 'Miss you heaps': Man goes missing in surf