North Coast search suspended for man missing from yacht, NSW

A search has been suspended for a man missing from a yacht found near Yamba earlier this week, NSW Police say.

The yacht was found adrift near the river mouth at Iluka, 70km north-east of Grafton, shortly before 3pm (Tuesday 20 February 2018).

Police from Marine Area Command identified the yacht as the “Wayfarer”, which is believed to have left Hervey Bay in Queensland on Wednesday 14 February 2018 with the 65-year-old owner on board.

The man was reported missing to Queensland Police on Monday 19 February 2018, and an extensive search has since been conducted of seas off both states involving helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and, locally, Marine Rescue; however, there has been no sign of the missing yachtsman.

A decision to suspend the search was made this afternoon (Thursday 22 February 2018).

Anyone with information is urged to contact Marine Area Command or Crime Stoppers.

/Public Release.