Caserta, 26, disappeared after going swimming with a woman, 25, at the beach off the Esplanade around 10pm on Wednesday.
Onlookers saw the couple struggling in the water and were able to help the woman to the shore.
“The man was unable to make it to shore and has not been seen since,” Queensland Police said in a statement on Thursday.
Minister for Education and Racing Grace Grace extended her condolences to Caserta’s family in parliament on Thursday.
“My thoughts are also with the family and friends of jockey Chris Caserta, who is currently missing after a late-night swim at Surfers Paradise,” she told parliament.
“I can only imagine what Chris’ family and friends are going through.”
A land, sea and air search for Caserta, who was wearing black shorts, continues on Thursday.Jump to next article