Police update: Marine search and rescue, Gloucester Passage (Whitsundays)

Police have called off a search for a missing vessel that was believed to be in the Gloucester Passage area.

At about 7pm November 23, police were notified of a phone call made to a nearby resort seeking urgent assistance from a vessel in trouble.

Water police and air assets conducted a search last night, however were unsuccessful. It is unclear where the phone call originated from and what type of vessel is involved.

A search resumed today at 6am with police and joint resources.

It appears that the urgent call for help originated from another earlier incident whereby a small vessel had broken down and was towed back into shore. There is no longer any reason to believe that any person is in distress.

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