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Search Resumes For Missing Fisherman After Boat Found

UPDATE | Brisbane Water Police continue to coordinate an air, sea and land search for two men missing in Moreton Bay since the weekend.  

Officer-in-Charge of Brisbane Water Police Senior Sergeant Dave Edden said water police with the assistance of volunteer agencies will continue searching today. Air support will again be provided by PolAir and Rescue 500 helicopters.

“A significant search conducted yesterday by PolAir, Rescue 500, Water Police, Volunteer Marine Rescue, Coast Guard, Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and the State Emergency Service failed to locate the men or any further items,” Senior Sergeant Edden said.

The pair was reported overdue and missing to police after contacting family around 10.15pm Saturday to advise that they were returning to shore.

After an extensive search, their boat, a blue 3.3m aluminium tinnie, was located submerged near Green Island at around 5pm on Sunday, August 11.

Police continue to liaise with the families of the two young men to keep them informed of the details of the search and rescue efforts.

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EARLIER | A search is underway for two men who have gone missing while on a fishing trip in their tinnie, south of the Coast.  

Police said the 31 and 25 year old's failed to return home on Sunday night after contacting family after 10:00PM.

Their vessel has been located half submerged in the water in the central Moreton Bay area, but there is no sign of the fishermen.  

The pair were reported overdue and missing to police after contacting family around 10.15pm Saturday and advising they were returning to shore.

Following an extensive search yesterday their boat, a blue 3.3m aluminium tinnie, was located by the Water Police submerged in the vicinity of Green Island at around 5pm.

Aerial searches continued overnight with also police conducting shore patrols.

Senior Sergeant Dave Edden, Officer-in-Charge of Brisbane Water Police said weather conditions today are easing which should assist with search operations.

“Today’s search will consist of 18 vessels including the Water Police, Coast Guard, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Queensland Yacht Squadron, as well as helicopters from Polair and Rescue 500.

“Police and SES personnel will also continue searching shore lines.”

Police continue to liaise with the family of the two friends, aged 31 and 25, who had been on a day’s fishing trip.

Initial media release issued 11/8/2019

Brisbane Water Police are currently searching for a missing vessel believed to be in the central Moreton Bay area.

Two men failed to return home last night after contacting family at 10.15pm saying they were returning to home.

Their car and boat trailer remain at the white Island Boat Ramp.

It is unknown where the men where fishing however they may have been close to the Brisbane Port, central Moreton Bay.

The vessel is a 3.3m long Stacer brand aluminium tinnie, dark blue in colour with red Queensland registration OM209Q.

The two men are aged 31 and 25 and are both from Brisbane.

Water police and other agencies have commenced searching for the vessel.

Anyone with further information is urged to contact police.

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