Search continues for missing trawler

Mystery surrounds disappearance of fishing trawler

AT A GLANCE

  • The trawler last seen at Urangan on November 11
  • The 17-metre trawler left Urangan on November 11 at about 9.45pm
  • Nothing related to the missing trawler has been found so far.

  • The search is continuing on Monday as far south as the Gold Coast

  • The search has been scaled back

 MONDAY 12.30PM: The search for a trawler missing off Fraser Coast has been scaled back. 

Police will continue shoreline patrols for the fishing trawler reported missing in waters off Hervey Bay.

An extensive air, sea and land search for a fishing trawler reported missing in waters off Hervey Bay has so far failed to locate any sign of the vessel.

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Hervey Bay Water Police have coordinated the search which commenced last Friday, November 25 and has involved helicopters, police and Volunteer Marine Rescue vessels, and patrols of shoreline and inlets.

The search area has encompassed thousands of square nautical miles, and at times involved multiple helicopters and vessels including as far north as Yeppoon and south to the Gold Coast. 

Broadcasts across the marine radio network continue in an attempt to raise the missing trawler, as well as alerting vessels in the area.

While the search has now been scaled back police will continue shoreline patrols.

The Hervey Bay Water Police continue their investigations into the suspected disappearance of the trawler with police liaising with the families of the three-man crew, keeping them updated regarding the search.

MONDAY 4.30AM: An air search for the missing trawler will start in areas of the Gold Coast to Noosa.

Water Police are continuing to coordinate the wide-spread search which has extended to areas further south after the search started off the coast of Hervey Bay on Friday.  

A police spokesperson said the search could be scaled back on Monday unless more information becomes available. 

Water Police have stated that marine radio broadcasts to all ships and the use of search rescue helicopters are being used to locate the vessel.

SUNDAY: The search area for the missing trawler has expanded since emergency services commenced their search  on November 25.

Water Police have stated that marine radio broadcasts to all ships and the use of search rescue helicopters are being used to locate the vessel.

Nothing related to the missing trawler has been found so far.

Officer-in-charge of Hervey Bay Water Police and Regional Search and Rescue co-ordinator Sergeant Paul Bacon said the areas of highest probability had already been covered.

"As time goes by with wind and tide movement, things will continue to drift further afield," he said.

"The effect of that is that the search area is expanding.

"We've received a number of identified sightings of objects in the water, but none of them relate to vessel in question."

Sgt Bacon said police held "grave concerns" for those on board the vessel.

EARLIER: Emergency services continue to search for a trawler last seen at Urangan on November 11.

The 17-metre trawler left Urangan on November 11 at about 9.45pm, then travelled east through Breaksea Spit before communications ceased the following morning.

The trawler was scheduled to dock at a Sunshine Coast location on November 18. Its crew is described as a 60-year-old experienced male skipper, a 24-year-old man and a 38-year-old man.

The identities of the men have not yet been public as not all of the men's relatives have been contacted.

Hervey Bay Water Police are continuing to search coastal waters, though the full search area extends from Yeppoon down to the Gold Coast.

Water Police in Gladstone and Yeppoon are following local leads, while helicopters, including the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter, continue to scour the coast.



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