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Australia Tasmanian kayaker Valentine Bester still missing, search resumes amid heavy winds

01:15  02 october  2020
01:15  02 october  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

Wild and damaging winds headed for Australia's southeast

  Wild and damaging winds headed for Australia's southeast Severe thunderstorms could be headed for parts of NSW, Victoria, Queensland and the Top End, while a low generates strong showers in the country's south.A low and front are generating strong winds and showers in southern WA and South Australia, western Victoria and Tasmania.

“ Search conditions were very challenging because of the wind and choppy surf, ” Enright said, adding that first responders on Saturday also rescued two kayakers who got into trouble at the Mokulua islands off Lanikai and another pair who drifted out at Waimanalo.

The other missing person is believed to be Petra Frehse, a German woman who has been a part-time resident of the area for several years. Four members of Vancouver's Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team arrived to help with the search on Thursday night, and more arrived on Friday morning.

a man looking at the camera: Valentine Bester was reported missing on Thursday afternoon. (Supplied: Tasmania Police) © Provided by ABC NEWS Valentine Bester was reported missing on Thursday afternoon. (Supplied: Tasmania Police)

The search has resumed for a teenage kayaker missing in Tasmania's south overnight, with a severe weather alert for the area current.

Tasmania Police said 19-year-old Valentine Bester left Roches Beach, about 13 kilometres east of Hobart, at 11:00am yesterday on a green 'sit-on' kayak, heading for Lime Bay on the Tasman Peninsula.

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While the search continues for four men and a woman feared dead off the NSW coast, one male has been confirmed by the Australian Defence Force as Warrant Officer Gregory The weather conditions in the area at the time the helicopter went missing were poor, with strong winds and reduced visibility.

Police and firefighters continue to search for hundreds of people reported missing in the wake of Hurricane Teams have found 520 people but more than 1,500 are still missing . Rescue workers are using “cadaver dogs, drones, and heavy equipment” to search for survivors, Reuters reported.

Friends said he had planned to trace the coastline around Seven Mile Beach and Carlton River. They reported him missing around 5:30pm on Thursday.

Police boats and the Westpac Rescue helicopter began an extensive sea and air search on Thursday, without success, with the search starting again at first light today.

A severe weather warning for parts of eastern, southern and central Tasmania is current, with winds averaging 50-60 kilometres per hour, with peak gusts of around 90-100kph possible in the search area.

Earlier, police said they were interested in speaking to the occupant of a white vehicle that was at Valentine's house at Roches Beach before 10:30am on Thursday, with police later advising they had made contact with that person.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperstas.com.au.

Huge thunderstorms and torrential rain to batter parts of Australia .
Thunderstorms are brewing across most of the country with a low pressure trough triggering windy weather and showers throughout Australia's east coast.Thunderstorms are brewing across most of the country with a low pressure trough triggering windy weather and showers throughout Australia's east coast from Tuesday.

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