Extensive Search Continues For Man Missing From North Coast Yacht

Police call for witnesses

Authorities have resumed a search this morning for a man missing from a yacht found on the North Coast at Iluka, 70km north-east of Grafton.

Shortly before 3pm yesterday, police were informed of a vessel was found adrift near the river mouth and after establishing it was empty, they towed it to Yamba where a crime scene was established.

Police have confirmed the yacht is the “Wayfarer” which is believed to have left Hervey Bay in Queensland on February 14 with the 65-year-old owner on board.

The man was reported missing to Queensland Police on Monday and an extensive yet unsuccessful search was conducted.

Police from Marine Area Command initiated a search via the Australian maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) of waters off the North Coast involving two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft, again without success.

Marine vessels were not able to be deployed due to dangerous conditions, and the air search was suspended following an AMSA’s search.

The Marine Area Command are continuing to investigate with assistance from Queensland Water Police.

Police are calling for information in relation to any public sightings of the yacht between Tweed Heads and Illuka, on Monday 19 or Tuesday 20 February 2018.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.