Police are continuing a search for a man, possibly thrown from his motorcycle and swept out to sea at Evans Head.

Around 12am yesterday (Saturday 10 January), the 27-year-old man set off on a short motorbike ride along Airforce Beach.

The motorcycle was not fitted with lights and the rider was not wearing a helmet.

When he hadn’t returned by daylight, his family contacted police.

Officers from the Richmond Local Area Command located the man’s damaged motorbike, submerged among rocks leading to the beach.

Tyre marks suggest the motorcycle entered the rock formation at high speed and crashed.

Police fear the man suffered serious injuries in the crash, only to be washed out to sea by a king tide.

Police Rescue, along with State Emergency Service personnel, searched nearby sand dunes yesterday while surf lifesavers from Evans Head and Ballina, using inflatable dinghies and a jet ski, made sweeps of the ocean, north and south of the accident site, but failed to find any trace of the man.

Police and lifesavers today resumed a search of the area.

The missing man is described as white/European in appearance, 178cm tall, with a medium build and very short, sandy coloured hair.

He was last seen wearing a chequered black and grey shirt, denim jeans and shoes.

Anyone with information about the matter is urged to contact Evans Head Police on (02) 6682 4202 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.