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Missing fishermen off Coffs Harbour

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A search has resumed for two men feared missing after going fishing off Coffs Harbour yesterday.

At about 6am on Sunday, the two men, aged 70 and 37, left the Jetty Boat Ramp on Jordan Esplanade, in a five-metre runabout and were headed towards Sawtell Reef.

The alarm was raised about 6.45pm, when the men failed to return.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District attended and commenced a search for the men, assisted by the Marine Area Command, and Marine Rescue.

After an extensive aerial patrol search at night wearing night-vision goggles the Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew did no sight the missing pair and returned to base.

The car the men drove to the boat-ramp remains at the location and concerns are held for their welfare. Police have been told the runabout was equipped with life-jackets however it is not known if the men were wearing them.

The search has resumed this morning after being suspended overnight.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


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