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Old 06-09-2020, 22:22   #1
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Two men missing in South Australian waters off Port Lincoln

Two men on a boat missing in South Australian waters off Port Lincoln

https://www.9news.com.au/national/so...-waters_070920

A large-scale police search and rescue effort is underway for two men whose boat was reported missing off the coast of Adelaide.

South Australian Police said the men, aged 57 and 48, left Coffin Bay near Port Lincoln in a boat named "Margrel" around 3pm on Thursday.

They were headed to Goolwa, some 300km away.



The men contacted a friend around 11pm on Friday to say the vessel was experiencing engine trouble and that they were not in distress but were planning to divert their course to nearby Kangaroo Island.

The friend told police yesterday she had not heard back from the pair after that first call. A police search was then launched.

Authorities today resumed an aerial search, along with the help of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and members of the Royal Australian Air Force.



The boat is known to have the hull identification number RF83S.

A SA Police spokesman told 9News.com.au at 2.15pm (AEST) the search is ongoing.

Anyone with information of the whereabouts of the men or boat should call the Police Assistance Line immediately on 131 444.
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Re: Two men missing in South Australian waters off Port Lincoln

Not good. Windy as heck here today, with some bad wave heights in that area.

Crossing my fingers for them.
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Timber, planked boat. Wishing them safe.

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Re: Two men missing in South Australian waters off Port Lincoln

Are EPIRBS compulsory in SA?

Hopefully they made it into shelter spmewhere.
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Two men missing in South Australian waters off Port Lincoln

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Are EPIRBS compulsory in SA?
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Yes, if going more than two miles off shore. (From memory)
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Re: Two men missing in South Australian waters off Port Lincoln

Worrisome at the best! Keep us posted as to outcome, please!
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Re: Two men missing in South Australian waters off Port Lincoln

No sign of missing boat between Port Lincoln, Kangaroo Island

https://www.portlincolntimes.com.au/...ngaroo-island/

UPDATE Tuesday 4PM: Emergency services today continued their search in waters south of Port Lincoln for Tony Higgins and Derek Robinson both missing at sea.

About 3pm on Thursday, September 3 the two men, aged 57 and 48-years, both from the Fleurieu Peninsula, left Coffin Bay in a 30ft wooden hulled fishing boat named 'Margrel', bound for Goolwa.

About 11pm on Friday 4 September, the men made contact with a friend stating they were having engine trouble and were going to divert to Kangaroo Island.

Then on Sunday, September 6, a search commenced after a concerned friend of the men contacted police.

A search has continued throughout the day, today (Tuesday, September 8) the below picture shows the total search area of 103,707 square kilometres.


SEARCH AREA: The search area extends all the way south of Kangaroo Island.

SAPOL's resources include Water Operations Unit and PolAir.

"SAPOL thank and appreciate the assistance of aircraft from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Royal Australian Air Force and Kangaroo Island and Coffin Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue."

The KI Volunteer Marine Rescue 'Pedro Warman' just returned to base at 4pm, disappointed not to have found any evidence of the missing vessel.

.............more in link
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Two men missing in South Australian waters off Port Lincoln

I am not very hopeful. It has been blowing over 15 knots down there since Sunday, getting up to the low to mid thirties yesterday and still high teens today. The waves will have been bad, particularly in Investigator Strait.

I was recently pinned down at Kangaroo Island by some comparatively moderate weather. We tried twice to get out and turned back both times as it was simply too rough. And that was in a pretty seaworthy 42 foot sailing boat. It would have been unthinkably bad in a 30 foot motor boat, with or without the engine. (Oh, and at the time the VMR radio operator on Kangaroo Island thought I was crazy for even trying.)
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Further bad news today, the search has now been officially suspended with police asking locals to be on the lookout for debris along the coastline.
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Re: Two men missing in South Australian waters off Port Lincoln

Good news!


ABC radio reports contact has been made with them. Police are heading to Salt Creek to assist.
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Re: Two men missing in South Australian waters off Port Lincoln

Man, fingers and toes crossed! Prayers for their well being.

They may have been able to get some shelter from the land, and work their way into Salt Creek.

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Re: Two men missing in South Australian waters off Port Lincoln

Around 60nm further south than the intended destination but at least they are ok....

Missing SA fishermen found alive after nearly a week lost at sea

https://www.9news.com.au/national/mi...a-week-_100920

Two fishermen have been found alive off the coast of South Australia nearly a week after they were last heard from.

Derek Robinson and Tony Higgins managed to contact family overnight, telling them they were okay, just hours after an official search was called off.

The two men are now floating somewhere around Salt Creek, which is to the south-east of Goolwa where they were initially heading to, before experiencing engine trouble.

The fishermen left Coffin Bay near Port Lincoln in a boat named "Margrel" around 3pm last Thursday.

They were headed to Goolwa, some 300km away.

The men contacted a friend around 11pm on Friday to say the vessel was experiencing engine trouble and that they were not in distress but were planning to divert their course to nearby Kangaroo Island.

They had not been heard from since.

A major search was launched, with an area larger than Tasmania covered in a desperate attempt to find the men.

For days police, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and members of the Royal Australian Air Force scoured the waters but no signs of life were found.

"Given the length of time that has elapsed we are very concerned for their safety and their welfare," SA Police Superintendent Paul Bahr told 9News earlier this week.

"We know they had life jackets, we know they had flares, what we're unaware of at this stage is whether they had an EPIRB or whether the VHF radio fitted to boat was operational."

Water police are on their way to rescue the men.
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Re: Two men missing in South Australian waters off Port Lincoln

Here's another link: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-...alive/12647950

They're safe! Woohoo!

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Re: Two men missing in South Australian waters off Port Lincoln

Interesting coastline - a 60 mile long sandspit!


They are at the south east end where it starts. Their destination was the entrance at the other (north west) end.
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Re: Two men missing in South Australian waters off Port Lincoln

To get to Salt Creek they will have entered at the Murray Mouth... possibly Goolwa was listed as their destination because - after all - who had ever heard of Salt Creek before today..

I would be asking questions of the SAR people.... whose idea was it to only extend the search area ( according to the ABC post above ) as far as Victor Harbour whch is well short of the entrance to the Coorong in an area where prevailing winds are from north through W to SW?

Edit... this ( entering the Coorong ) of course assumes they are 'inside' near Salt Creek and not bobbing around in the ocean... not the sort of coast where one would anchor off the beach and go ashore for a picnic...
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