Marine search and rescue, Middle Island

From QPS Media

A search and rescue operation is underway for the crew of a vessel which overturned near Middle Island, north of the Town of 1770 last night (October 16).

At about 7.30pm, the fishing trawler overturned with the vessel sinking at about midnight.

A male crew member from the vessel was located floating in the water about 7 am by a passing boat.

An extensive air and water search is underway to locate six male crew members who remain outstanding.

Resources involved in the search include the Rescue 500 helicopter and Rescue 300 helicopter, Water Police, VMR and a number of other vessels.

Police are appealing to boat users in the area to be on the lookout for the missing man.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.