Australia Search resumes for three people missing off Tasmania's north-west coast as strong winds forecast

02:40  20 october  2021
02:40  20 october  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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The search resumed at first light. (ABC News: Piia Wirsu) © Provided by ABC NEWS The search resumed at first light. (ABC News: Piia Wirsu)

Rescue crews searching for three Tasmanians missing at sea off the state's north-west coast will face stronger wind conditions today.

A land, sea and air search for Isaiah Dixon, Thomas Courto and Bree-Anna Thomas resumed early on Wednesday morning, after it was suspended at nightfall.

On Monday, the trio set out on a day trip from the north-west coast town of Wynyard on a 17-foot yellow and white half-cab motorboat.

The boat was last seen anchored in Boat Harbour north-west of Wynyard, and was reported missing on Monday evening when it failed to return.

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The search area was widened on Tuesday afternoon to span about 1,400 square kilometres across most of the north-west.

There has been no signal from any of the missing boaters' mobile phones, and an EPIRB — if there is one on board — has not been activated.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Belinda House said the north-west was set to receive winds of between 15 and 25 knots for most of Wednesday, with a strong wind warning in place for the evening.

"We are expecting fairly fresh east to north-easterly winds over the northwestern coastal waters today, they are expected to pick up to 30 knots later this evening," she said.


Ms House said southerly swells of up to 1.5 metres were forecast on the state's west coast, with significantly lower swells forecast to push across the north-west coast.

Search resumes for Tasmanian boating trio

  Search resumes for Tasmanian boating trio Two men and a woman have failed to return from a day trip off Tasmania's northwest coast, after setting off on Monday. Isaiah Dixon, Thomas Courto and Bree-Anna Thomas, all from the state's northwest, left Wynyard Boat Ramp at midday on Monday on the yellow and white 17-foot Caribbean.

Water temperatures in the search area are expected to be 14 degrees Celsius, with cloudy and fine conditions projected across the north-west.

The aerial search took a while to begin on Wednesday morning, with a helicopter taking off from Wynyard just after 8:30am.

Small airline operator Par Avion assisted in the search on Tuesday, but chief executive Shannon Wells said he had yet to receive a request from search authorities to do so again today.

"We're ready and waiting to take part again as soon as we get the call," he said.

Boyd Griggs from Surf Life Saving Tasmania is still hopeful the trio will be found.

"My thought and hope is that they are sitting in the middle of Bass Strait somewhere with a broken-down vessel waiting to be rescued," he said.

"Being that there's no debris being found, I see that as a positive really, you'd think that something would have floated somewhere along the line."

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  Search for remaining Tas boatie resumes Police have resumed the search for a boatie missing off Tasmania's northwest coast after the two bodies were found washed up on the shore.Isaiah Dixon, Thomas Courto and Bree-Anna Thomas left Wynyard on a yellow and white 17-foot Caribbean motorboat around midday on Monday, police said.

Police have asked members of the community not to join the search in their own boats.

"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," Inspector Steve Jones said.

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