An air, sea and land search for two men missing in Moreton Bay after their boat was reported overdue on August 11 has concluded.
An extensive search and rescue operation was conducted for the two men after they failed to return from a fishing trip in Moreton bay in a 3.3 metre aluminium boat.
The boat was launched from White Island on August 10 and the last contact made was by mobile phone with one of the men at 10.15pm that evening. At the time of this contact no problem was reported. However, strong westerly winds meant weather conditions on Moreton Bay were not favourable for small water craft.
The empty boat was located submerged west of Green Island at 5:05pm on August 11. The boat has been recovered and will be examined by experts. The search has located several items of property from the boat including life jackets, buckets and fishing equipment. The two men aged 32 and 25 have not been located.
Police have liaised closely with the families of both men and discussed the sad news regarding the likelihood of survival. The families have asked if their privacy could be respected at this time.
Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the men at this very difficult time.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner and request members of the public contact Police with any further information.
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