Hopes dim for miss­ing woman, 52

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

GRAVE con­cerns are held for a woman miss­ing in the Hinch­in­brook Chan­nel near Card­well since Sun­day.

The Mel­bourne woman, 52, is be­lieved to have gone over­board from a house­boat she was on with her hus­band in Mis­sion­ary Bay at the north­ern end of Hinch­in­brook Is­land.

An air, sea and land search was launched af­ter she was re­ported miss­ing about 10am.

Innisfail In­spec­tor Brian Cannon said po­lice had ex­am­ined the ves­sel, say­ing it was a “con­cern­ing sit­u­a­tion”.

“We’ve spo­ken to the hus­band at some length, but we cer­tainly aren’t hold­ing him, he’s been able to pro­vide us with suf­fi­cient back­ground in­for­ma­tion to as­sist us with our in­quiries,” he said.

Insp Cannon said the like­li­hood of find­ing the woman alive re­duced each day.

“She’s miss­ing in an open sea area … we would be hope­ful she is alive, but as the days pass, they cause that hope to di­min­ish ex­po­nen­tially,” he said.

Insp Cannon said the ex­ten­sive search had in­volved wa­ter po­lice, spe­cial­ist divers, coast guard, a search and res­cue man­age­ment co- or­di­na­tor and wildlife of­fi­cers.

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