Lifesavers Involved In Search For Missing Mariner
Surf Lifesaving assets are currently involved in a large scale multi-agency search operation near Port Stephens on the NSW Coast after a yacht was found washed up on shore overnight.
The abandoned vessel was found at Samurai Beach on Wednesday with grave concerns held for the welfare of those aboard.
Marine Area Command are leading the search operation and requested support from Surf Life Saving.
Two Surf Rescue jetskis as well as a Hunter Branch Duty Officer have been assisting in the search since 8am. The Moruya based Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has also been tasked to aid in the search and is expected to arrive on scene mid-morning.
The search area is primarily located from Port Stephens and as far south as Stockton Beach while also covering the waters offshore.
Conditions within the search perimeter are reported to be calm with visibility not an issue for rescue crews.
It is not known how many people were aboard the yacht or the circumstances that caused it to wash ashore.
The Jet Skis and Hunter Branch Duty officer have been stood down from the search at 11.00 AEST. Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter still on-scene.
Wed 18 May 2016