Police divers search around Little Wategoes and the headland in Byron Bay for missing backpacker Theo Hayez.
Police divers search around Little Wategoes and the headland in Byron Bay for missing backpacker Theo Hayez. Marc Stapelberg

Divers search water near The Pass for missing backpacker

Police divers arriver in Byron Bay: Police divers hit the water in the search for missing backpacker Theo Hayez
Police divers arriver in Byron Bay: Police divers hit the water in the search for missing backpacker Theo Hayez

UPDATE 2.18pm: POLICE divers entered the surf at The Pass in Byron Bay this morning to begin a search of the area for missing backpacker Theo Hayez.

The dive team are now searching the water from The Pass around to Wategos Beach.

The ground search around Cape Byron continues with police dog unit, police rescue unit from Lismore and the Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue unit.

The community involvement also continues, with group of community members banding together to search the coastline up to Broken Head and Whites Beach.

UPDATE 11.55pm: POLICE divers have arrived at Tallow Beach to assist in the search for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez this morning.

Police divers arrive at Tallow Beach car park at Cosy Corner in Byron Bay to search for missing Belgian teen Theo Hayez.
Police divers arrive at Tallow Beach car park at Cosy Corner in Byron Bay to search for missing Belgian teen Theo Hayez. Marc Stapelberg

As the official police-led land search enters the 11th day, NSW specialist police dive crews, Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue abseiling crew and search and rescue dog teams are focusing their attention around the Cape Byron Headland.

Photos from the search.

Meanwhile, about 40 community members have volunteered their time again today to search for Theo in bushland around Suffolk Park towards Broken Head.

"We've started off with a small group of community volunteers but each day it's grown in number," community search party organiser Noeline Smith said.

"Even for the ones who can't be out here on the ground, we're getting lots of messages of love (online) and that's giving us all the support and strength we need to keep going because we're just not giving up on finding Theo.

"We need some answers for his family and friends, and now for the volunteers. It's not a community thing now, Belgium is with us and they're sending us messages of support.

"It's heart-warming to know that so many people feel so strongly about what's happening and that gives the strength."

More to come.

 

Original story: THE search for missing Belgian teen Theo Hayez resumes in Byron Bay today, with police divers expected to join the effort to find him shortly.

Detective Inspector Matt Kehoe said police would continue to search bushland around Cape Byron headland today.

He said that today, "we'll have further resources out in the field, police from the police rescue unit at Lismore, the Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue unit will be here abseiling some of the cliff areas that haven't been accessed as yet, we'll have specialised divers from the dive unit and our dog handlers will continue tomorrow.

"We have to make sure that we cover every possible scenario and that's exactly what we're doing. We'll use drones as well.

"Our focus around the headland is consistent with some of the phone data we've received."

Police are still working with the messaging service WhatsApp, an text service Theo was assumed to be using the night he disappeared, to gain access to the teen's messages.

"Our communication with some of the service providers and Google is going well, our investigators are compiling all of that information at present," Det Insp Kehoe said.

"I don't have access to the messages. Our investigators have that information."

Theo's mother is expected to arrive in Australia next week, joining Theo's father and other family members as the search continues for the missing Belgian national.

More to come.