Service honours lost fishermen

TEARS were shed and friends held each other tightly Monday morning during an emotional memorial service honouring the lives of two lost fishermen.

A week after Tony Tyndall and Russell Palmer's trawler capsized off the coast of Yeppoon in the throes of Tropical Cyclone Hamish, friends and family are desperately hoping for a miracle.

More than 200 friends and family members gathered at Dayman Park in the men's hometown of Hervey Bay, overlooking the ocean that almost certainly claimed the lives of the two fathers.

Fellow fisherman James Palmer, 20, was rescued last Tuesday morning after spending 24 hours clinging to debris 300km from the coast.

Rescuers spotted a lifeboat and two lifejackets in the ocean late last week but found no trace of Mr Tyndall or Mr Palmer.

The Hervey Bay fathers were remembered yesterday morning at an emotional gathering that saw dozens of people lining up to sign a book honouring the men's lives.

The warm clear sky and ocean breeze failed to dry the eyes of those who came together to share memories.

The family members were too upset to speak to media yesterday.


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