Police divers find bodies in Australia fishing tragedy

2017-10-22 19:40


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Sydney - Australian police divers have recovered the bodies of two fishermen from a sunken trawler and were on Sunday searching for four others missing since the boat capsized nearly a week ago.

The commercial fishing trawler with seven on board sank in rough seas off the coast of central Queensland state on Monday.

Rescuers have been scouring the waters near Middle Island, north of the town of Seventeen Seventy, but just one crew member has been found alive.

Ruben McDornan was rescued by a passing catamaran after treading waters for several hours in heavy seas without a life jacket, Queensland's Courier Mail reported.

McDornan told rescuers he had heard his crewmates trying to get out of the trawler's cabin.

Two bodies were recovered late on Saturday after the boat "Dianne" was located by sonar lying on the seabed at a depth of 30m, Queensland Police said.

Police said they would continue to search for the remaining crew on Sunday, adding that their efforts were being hampered by debris and poor visibility.

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