Prawn trawler re­floated

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tayissa Barone

The fa­ther of one of the two crew­men still miss­ing af­ter their prawn trawler sank off the Pil­bara in July says he is “empty-handed and bro­ken-hearted” af­ter the ves­sel was re­floated on Fri­day.

The del­i­cate eight-day mis­sion to re­cover the Re­turner ended and the ves­sel brought in to shore on the week­end.

Re­turner was due in Point Sam­son on July 15 af­ter set­ting off for a 10-day prawn fish­ing trip.

A transpon­der mon­i­tor­ing the boat stopped work­ing about 1am on July 11 and it is be­lieved it sank about that time, with skip­per and owner Mur­ray Turner, 57, and crew Chad Fair­ley, 30, and his friend Ma­son Carter, 26, aboard.

Re­turner was found on July 29 with Mr Turner’s body in­side.

Mr Fair­ley and Mr Carter have not been found.

A po­lice spokesman said the ves­sel would be towed to a se­cure marine fa­cil­ity for ex­am­i­na­tion.

Mr Fair­ley’s fa­ther, Alan, said a thor­ough search of the boat found no sign of his son or Mr Carter.

“We are just dev­as­tated, we are not go­ing to be able to see the kids again,” he said.

“We’ve got noth­ing to put to rest and in the back of your mind, be­cause of the type of boys they were, you think at some crazy stage they are go­ing to come back and walk through the door.”

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing on be­half of the Coro­ner what caused the boat to sink.

Mr Fair­ley said he hoped the in­ves­ti­ga­tion did not take too long “so changes can be made” be­fore it was too late.

“They were in a bay with plenty of ac­tiv­ity, it’s not as if they were in a re­mote or deep-sea area,” he said.

“I just hope the coro­ner comes to a so­lu­tion.

“It’s never go­ing to be in­fal­li­ble but I don’t want to see any­one else go through this. This is the worst place we’ve ever been.

“It’s no fun, it’s changed our life for good.

“It’s just a night­mare.”

Pic­ture: WA Po­lice

The Re­turner was brought back to the sur­face af­ter months un­der wa­ter.

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