The body of a diver missing since Friday morning has been found washed on to rocks south of Bermagui.
Far South Coast Lifesaving duty officer Cheryl McCarthy confirmed the tragic news on Saturday afternoon, December 28, following a huge multi-agency search operation that had been underway since 10am Friday.
The man, thought to be a 57-year-old local - yet to be confirmed - had reportedly gone diving with a family member at Barragga Bay, about 12km south of Bermagui, but did not surface when expected.
The alert was raised with emergency services and a number of agencies responded, including Surf Life Saving, Marine Rescue, NSW Police and the Marine Area Command, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and NSW Ambulance.
"SES also joined us today," Ms McCarthy said. "They were the ones who found him, up on the rocks.
"It's very sad news, but it helps the family to have closure. They have been very stoic and very brave."
The body of the man, believed to be aged 57, was located just after 12.15pm on rocks south of Cuttagee Beach near Barragga Point. He is yet to be formally identified.
While tragic news for the diver's family and friends, Ms McCarthy said it had been encouraging to see such a great team effort between all the various agencies involved in the search.
"Everyone worked together very effectively. It was an excellent example of a large multi-agency search operation."
The man's body was taken by ambulance for examination with the cause of death to be investigated.