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Australia SA boatie Tony Higgins still missing as police call off search after third day

13:31  24 september  2020
13:31  24 september  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Tony Higgins and Derek Robinson had to slow down after their propellor was damaged. Police found the vessel on Thursday morning and towed the men back to Victor Harbor, but Mr Higgins The search area for the missing men off South Australia's southern coast. (Supplied: SA Police ).

Tony Higgins , 57, sent out a distress call to police about 5am on Tuesday when he was moored near Granite Island off Earlier this month SA launched its largest search operation to find Higgins . Higgins and Derek Robinson were found four days later and said they were fine. Fears are growing after a missing fisherman's bag containing his glasses, keys and ID was found washed up on a

a man standing on top of a cutting board: Tony Higgins on board his boat Margrel at Granite Island. (ABC News: Sarah Mullins) © Provided by ABC NEWS Tony Higgins on board his boat Margrel at Granite Island. (ABC News: Sarah Mullins)

Police have called off the search for missing sailor Tony Higgins in waters south of Adelaide.

It concludes the third day of efforts by air, on the water and on land to find the 57-year-old boatie.

He and his friend Derek Robinson had been found after .

But Mr Higgins went missing at sea on the same boat for a second time, early on Tuesday morning.

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SA Police say it is the same vessel, called the Margrel, that was missing for more than four days after Mr Higgins and his friend Derek Robinson, 48 Tony Higgins sent out a distress call early this morning. Picture Matt Turner. Boaties Tony Higgins and Derek Robinson aboard their boat found off

Tony Higgins , 57, sent out a distress call to police about 5am on Tuesday when he was moored near Granite Island off Victor Harbor, south of Adelaide. Debris has been found during the search for a missing fisherman who disappeared again just two weeks after sparking a statewide four- day rescue

and a  were found washed up near the Murray Mouth yesterday.

SA Police said in a statement this evening that the search has been been called off pending any "further sightings or information".

The latest search covered about 500 square kilometres of ocean off Victor Harbor, Goolwa and the Coorong.

Sea Rescue volunteers, police patrols, water operations officers, the police helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft were all involved in the search.

But the plane and the helicopter could not be used today because of poor weather conditions.

Earlier today, SA Police Inspector Gus Sickerdick conceded the length of time Mr Higgins had been missing reduced the chances of him being found alive.

"Obviously, as it goes on, the chances of doing that [surviving] are diminishing," he said.

"We've got to bear in mind the nature of the surf and if he is in the ocean how it is affecting him, if he has got anything to protect himself."

This evening, police thanked other emergency services for their assistance "in trying conditions".

They urged anyone who finds any more debris along the coastline to call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

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Tony Higgins, 57, sent out a distress call to police about 5am on Tuesday when he was moored near Granite Island off Victor Harbor, south of Adelaide. Mr Higgins said his wooden fishing boat Margrel was 'taking on water' and police launched a search operation with a rescue helicopter and Sea Rescue volunteers. Debris was found washed up near the Murray Mouth on Wednesday morning consistent with items from Mr Higgin's boat.

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