Missing vessel has returned to shore safely

UPDATE 7.57AM: A vessel reported overdue off the coast of Port Douglas has returned to shore this morning.

The 4.6 meter vessel had left the Rocky Point boat ramp on December 26 but failed to return sparking a search for the vessel by rescue helicopter overnight.

The boat returned to the boat ramp around 6am this morning after having spent the night at Low Isles to avoid inclement weather.

The three men on board, aged 24, 43 and 52, are all safe and well.

Water Police are reminding all vessel operators to ensure that they advise a responsible person or volunteer marine rescue organisation of their intended travel plans (where they are travelling to, and what time they expect to return), and immediately advise the responsible person or volunteer marine rescue organisation if their intended travel plans change for any reason

EARLIER: Police are currently coordinating a search for an overdue vessel off the coast of Port Douglas.

The 3.4 meter vessel left the Rocky Point boat ramp in Wonga around 8am on December 26 with the intention of heading to Rudder Reef, but it has failed to return.

It is believed that two men are on board.

Police have commenced a search and rescue response and a helicopter has been out overnight searching for the vessel.

The search is continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

 


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