Police and SES continue to search for three missing people

A significant search for an overdue vessel in North West Tasmania has continued today after Police and SES were unable to locate the 3 missing people on board.

Aerial and sea searches are underway with two police boats and a Westpac Rescue Helicopter now deployed to the area.

Police search teams assisted by SES are on the ground conducting a coastline search.

The vessel was last seen around 12middday Monday 18th September 2021 at Boat Harbour.

The yellow and white 17ft Caribbean half cab vessel entered the water at the Wynyard boat ramp around noon on Monday for a 3-4 hour journey but failed to return.

“The vessel was anchored, and the three occupants were sitting on the beach. The vessel then left Boat Harbour and headed towards Table Cape.” Said Inspector Steve Jones.

Two Westpac Rescue Helicopters and a rotary aircraft and Challenger Jet from Victoria, provided by AMSA were deployed yesterday to search an area of around 1400 square kilometres covering the North West Coast.

“There has been no EPIRB activation from the vessel, and it is believed the last transmission from the mobile phones of those onboard was around 2.35pm Monday.”

While the police search is ongoing for the overdue vessel in North West Tasmania, police ask that members of the community do not enter the water to assist with the search today.

“Due to conditions and to ensure safety of the community while police are undertaking a coordinated search, we ask that members of the community do not enter the water today.”

Anyone with information in relation to conversation with those on board Monday afternoon or the intended movement and location of the vessel is urged to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000. 

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