Hinch­in­brook hunt goes on

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

HOPES of find­ing a woman who fell over­board from the house­boat she was on with her hus­band in Mis­sion­ary Bay on Sun­day are di­min­ish­ing.

The search will en­ter its fourth day to­day, as po­lice con­tinue to scour wa­ters north of Hinch­in­brook Is­land, where the 52- year- old Mel­bourne woman was re­ported miss­ing.

Innisfail Po­lice In­spec­tor Brian Cannon said the ex­ten­sive search had in­volved wa­ter po­lice, spe­cial­ist divers, coast guard, a search and res­cue man­age­ment co- or­di­na­tor ( SARMAC) and wildlife of­fi­cers.

“Wildlife of­fi­cers have as­sisted in re­la­tion to the area – it’s open wa­ters and man­grove coun­try ad­join­ing the Hinch­in­brook Is­land area … at this stage we’ve utilised the po­lice divers to as­sist with their sonar ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” he said.

“SARMAC are the con­troller and they will take ad­vice in re­la­tion to sur­viv­abil­ity, con­di­tions, re­sources and what they’ve al­ready done and will make a de­ci­sion into the con­tin­u­a­tion of the search soon.”

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