An air search that lit up skies near Carrington last night has been called off after a boat reported as being in distress was not found.
NSW Police and a Westpac Rescue Helicopter were called to the mouth of Throsby Creek, which leads onto the harbour, around 8:30pm on Sunday.
A boat with one person on board was reported as being in distress near Newcastle Harbour.
Residents saw the helicopter making laps for about 30 minutes with a large spotlight over the creek's inner basin and out to Dyke Point.
"A comprehensive search was conducted by Marine Area Command, Police Rescue and local police and nothing was located," a NSW Police spokesman said.
"No missing persons reports have been submitted and no further information has been received."
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