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Swimmer missing in surf off NSW far north coast

A search is resuming for a man who went missing while swimming in rough surf at Byron Bay on the NSW far north coast.

NSW Police say two people saw the man struggling in the surf, about 30 metres offshore of Main Beach about 5.30pm on Wednesday.

A 22-year-old man swum out in a bid to rescue the distressed man but had to turn back after being overwhelmed by the conditions.

Police, Ambulance, Surf Life Saving, Fire and Rescue, Marine Rescue and Queensland PolAir personnel began searching for the man but they had to suspend it about 8.30pm after failing to find any trace of the swimmer.

His personal items were found on the beach but no one has been reported missing.