Two ‘skinny dippers’ sparked an emergency sea and air search at Byron Bay yesterday.

Fears for the pair’s safety began after their clothing and personal items, including wallets, were found abandoned on Belongil Beach at Byron Bay yesterday at 7.45am.

During the course of the day, an extensive search was conducted for the two men, aged 31, by officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and Byron Surf Lifesaving Club.

Shortly after 4pm, the two men walked into Byron Bay Police Station after hearing reports of the search under way for them.

The men told police they had decided to go for a ‘skinny dip’ about 2am that day, after a night out in Byron Bay.

When they got out of the water a short time later, they could not find their clothes and assumed they had been stolen.

They gave up searching and returned to their nearby accommodation.

Police wish to remind the public about the dangers of swimming in open waters at night, particularly under the influence of alcohol.