Missing Fishermen Mission Beach – It was confirmed this afternoon by the police that search operations for three missing boaters who were last seen in the waterways of Far North Queensland would be reduced.
On Friday, the four coworkers departed from Clump Point, which is located close to Mission Beach, to go fishing at a beach where they would stay overnight.
After they did not return as expected on Saturday afternoon, the alarm was raised.
On Sunday, after the group had been missing for almost 30 hours, the authorities identified and rescued one of the individuals, a Tongan citizen who was 36 years old.
Following his discovery around 2 kilometres northeast of the Barnard Islands, he was sent to the Innisfail Hospital suffering from hypothermia.
His condition has not changed at this time.
There is still no sign of a local man who is 24 years old and the owner of the yacht, as well as two Vanuatu nationals who are 26 and 31 years old respectively.
The authorities suspect that their yacht had engine problems which caused it to sink quickly.
“Searching has included Queensland Police Service officers at Cowley Beach and SES volunteers on quad bikes from Liverpool Creek to the northern most point of Cowley Beach,” a police spokesperson said. “The search area extends from Cowley Beach all the way up to the point where it meets Liverpool Creek.”
“A sea, air, and land search effort covering their last known locations has been fruitless. This search operation included helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, and volunteers from the Volunteer Marine Rescue.
The hunt for three missing men who were last seen over the weekend in the seas off the coast of Far North Queensland is ongoing on both land and sea.
After leaving Clump Point in the vicinity of Mission Beach on Friday and not returning, the police have stated that there are concerns for the safety of the males.
The party of four anglers reported having problems with their motor during the weekend before setting out on their fishing expedition. After the guys were expected to come home on Saturday but did not do so, relatives of the family reported them missing the following morning.
A search and rescue effort that included planes and helicopters was promptly initiated by ground, sea, and air troops from the police department and Volunteer Marine Rescue.
At around 4.30 p.m. on Sunday, one of the males was discovered clutching onto what the police have characterised as a white floating object that was discovered.
The victim was located by a team on a helicopter, and the water police came to his assistance. After spending a significant amount of time in the water, he was eventually brought to the Innisfail Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia as well as exposure.
The hunt for the three guys who are still at large continues, and the police have said that they are concerned about their whereabouts. According to Acting Inspector Brett Jenkins, the members of the group included a male from Mission Beach who was 24 years old and the boat’s owner, two Vanuatu nationals who were 26 and 31 years old, and a Tongan national who was 36 years old.
“We suspect that the vessel began to take on water about 11:00am on Saturday, and it swiftly sunk somewhere in the neighbourhood of the Bernard Islands,” he added. “We don’t know exactly where it went down.”
“Unfortunately, they were unable to turn on the EPIRB that was aboard the vessel or put on any of the life jackets that were available.”
After the guys failed to return as expected on Sunday morning, the emergency services were contacted, and a search was initiated both from the air and on the water.
On Sunday afternoon, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority approached Ray Cronin, a co-owner of Mission Helicopters, and requested him to assist in the hunt for the missing men.
Mr. Cronin said that he and a member of the crew were able to find the Tongan national, who was 36 years old, at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Mr. Cronin described what he saw: “He was hanging onto a rather big white buoy.”
“Because of the contours of the buoy and the striking contrast between the colours, we were able to recognise him… If it isn’t the case, then it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack with all the whitecaps about.”
Mr. Cronin said that the chopper stayed in the air around the lone survivor until other members of the search and rescue team could take him out of the water.
When identifying survivors, he advised not to lose visual contact with them since it is very difficult to re-identify people in such kinds of settings. “The crucial thing when you identify survivors is to not lose visual contact with them,” he stated.
“Another search aircraft brought him a life raft, which he was able to board after it was lowered by the first helicopter.
“Eventually, an armada of civilian, police, and other rescue boats gathered on the site and pulled him aboard,” the author writes. “[T]he situation was resolved successfully.”
According to Acting Inspector Jenkins, it was believed that the man, who was 36 years old at the time of his rescue, had been in the water for up to 30 hours.
He stated that the man had been taken to the Innisfail Hospital suffering from hypothermia and exposure but had helped narrow the search and rescue area by providing information about where and how the boat sank.
He said that the man had helped narrow the search and rescue area by providing information about where and how the boat sank.
“We do still have some assets out on the water, but we are concentrating more along the coastal lines and the shorelines just in the hope that any survivors have made it to shore,” he said. “We are focusing more along the coastal lines and the shorelines just in the hope that any survivors have made it to shore.”
“We undoubtedly have significant worries over the state of their well-being.”
One “local” man, aged 24 years old, who is the owner of the boat, together with two Vanuatu nationals ages 26 and 31 are still missing.
The authorities suspect that their boat had engine issues while they were returning on Saturday, before it began to take on water and rapidly sank close to the Barnard Island Group National Park, which is north of Mission Beach.
According to Acting Insp. Jenkins, the men are thought to have made an effort to swim to a nearby island after they were unsuccessful in activating the EPIRB on their boat.
The man, who is 36 years old, was located by a helicopter search at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday and was rescued by local water police.
According to Acting Inspector Jenkins, he supplied information about the location where the boat sunk, which helped localise the search.
According to what he had stated, “We are still focusing our search on the… coastline in the chance that any of the missing individuals have gotten it to land.”