An assembly of specialist police as well as professional salvage crews will commence a recovery operation for the sunken commercial fishing vessel Dianne, Queensland Police say.
Queensland Police vessel the PV Kidd, along with officers from the water police, the dive squad, scenes of crime, disaster victim identification and CIB will be on site at Agnes Water tomorrow morning, Friday, December 1, assisting with preparations to raise the trawler to the surface, hopefully later that afternoon, or on Saturday morning.
A barge has been towed to the scene in preparation of salvage efforts.
The FV Dianne overturned in waters off the Town of 1770 on October 16 with six crewmen on board.
Two men located deceased inside the vessel were formally identified as 30-year-old Adam Hoffman and 45-year-old Ben Leahy.
The four remaining crew members Adam Bidner, Zachary Feeney, Chris Sammut and Eli Tonks remain unaccounted for despite an extensive search of the area.
Police and professional salvage crews plan to roll and lift the sunken vessel for police divers to assess before raising it to the surface, and then towing the Dianne to Bundaberg.
A comprehensive inspection of the trawler will be conducted as Queensland Police and Maritime Safety Queensland continue their joint investigation into the fatal incident with a report to be prepared for the Coroner.
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