Search and rescue operation at Cape Tribulation

Water Police are coordinating a search for three men reported missing after failing to return from a fishing trip in Far North Queensland.

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

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

Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Volunteer Marine Rescue and aerial assets including a fixed wing aircraft and three helicopters have also been assisting with the search around Little Fitzroy Island and Cape Tribulation, which started this morning spanning almost 1,700 square nautical miles.

The AMSA Response Centre issued an Emergency Broadcast to shipping in the area this morning.

Anyone with further information about their whereabouts is urged to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting or call 131 444.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day or call 1800 333 000.

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