A search for a swimmer who is missing in the sea near Salthill in Galway has been called off for the night.

The 40-year-old man was reported missing at 5pm today.

It's understood he is from the Galway area.

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter carried out an aerial survey in an effort to locate the man this evening.

Sea based searches were carried out by volunteers from the Galway based RNLI life boat, with locals monitoring activity along the shoreline.

The search is due to resume at first light.