Police update 2: Search and Rescue operation at Cape Tribulation

The search for three far northern men continues today after they failed to return from a fishing trip to Cape Tribulation on Australia Day.

The men, aged 18, 27 and 37 were due back in Yarrabah Tuesday afternoon, after setting out on a 4.8m white, centre console aluminium vessel with a blue canopy, registration VO317Q.

The trio were last seen around 8.30am on Tuesday at a reef off Green Island where they appeared to be having engine trouble. They have not been heard from since.

Police were notified of about the missing men at about 3.30am yesterday (Wednesday January 27) and commenced an air, land and sea search with the assistance of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and Volunteer Marine Rescue.

To date the search has taken in an area of around 1700 square nautical miles from Little Fitzroy Island to Cape Tribulation using both air and sea assets from AMSA, Volunteer Marine Rescue, Marine Parks, Fisheries, Nautilus Aviation, additional police teams, local businesses, Yarrabah and wider community members.

Police remain focused on an air and surface search and rescue mission pending further information and updates.

Police are providing constant updates to the families and are providing support to the Yarrabah community.

Anyone with further information is urged to contact police.

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