Boat Found But Fisherman Still Missing In Rough Seas
Grave fears are held for two missing fishermen after their tinnie boat was found, but their whereabouts remain a mystery.
A boat belonging to Brisbane men Carwyn Massey, 25, and Timothy Maher, 32 was found by Queensland Water Police at about 5 pm on Sunday.
The 3.3-metre blue aluminum vessel was found partially submerged near Green Island, off Wynnum in Brisbane.
The pair were reported missing after they failed to return home from a fishing trip, with their car and boat trailer discovered at the Whyte Island Boat Ramp.
The pair called family about 10.15pm on Saturday saying they were coming home but they failed to arrive. It's believed the pair were fishing in rough seas.
Water police started searching for the tinnie immediately after the missing report. Aerial searches for the pair continued throughout Sunday, into the night and through to the early hours of Monday morning. Police also conducted shore patrols.
Brisbane Water Police will continue their search for the men in the central Moreton Bay area on Monday morning, with an expanded number of rescue professionals set to be involved -- including a number of helicopters.
Senior Sergeant Dave Edden, Officer-in-Charge of Brisbane Water Police, said weather conditions 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 the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, as well as helicopters from Polair and Rescue 500," Edden said in a statement.
“Police and SES personnel will also continue searching shorelines.”
Members of the men's family have issued public appeals to help locate them.
“My brother Carwyn Massey has been missing since last night," Massey’s sister Rhiannon wrote of Facebook.
“If anyone hears anything, please contact the police or myself and my family.”
Massey was born in Wales and grew up in Brisbane.
Police are working with the families of Massey and Maher in their efforts to locate them.
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