Search called off for skipper missing off K'Gari after woman rescued
The search for a missing man has been called off by Queensland Police after an unsuccessful three-day rescue mission.
A man in his 60s went missing from Sandy Kape, K'gari (Fraser Island) three days ago after a yacht sunk five nautical miles (nine kilometres) from the shore.
The distress call was made at 8:30pm on Sunday.
Police have been searching the area extensively since.
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A 25-year-old female crew member was rescued, but emergency services have not found the missing skipper, and have decided to call off the search.
"Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to locate the man and bring him home to his loved ones," Wide Bay District Regional Search Coordinator Rowan Treiguts said.
"We have liaised closely with his family and discussed the sad news regarding the likelihood of survival, they have asked for privacy during this difficult time.
"We want to thank each and every person who assisted and who provided support during the search."
"While we hold serious concerns for the man's welfare, I ask the boating community to be vigilant and to report any sightings or information to police immediately."
The search effort included police, volunteer marine rescue crews and several helicopters.
Police advise boaties to wear their life jackets and to be mindful of changing weather conditions.
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