A vessel has been reported missing off Port Alma overnight.
A vessel has been reported missing off Port Alma overnight. Sophie Jackson

Second Rockhampton man still missing after Port Alma search

5.20pm: A SECOND Rockhampton man is still missing after a boat sank at Port Alma on Thursday night.

Rockhampton Inspector Darren Somerville said police located a 60-year-old Rockhampton man on Balaclava Island this morning who was on the vessel that sank at Port Alma, but the other Rockhampton man was still missing.

"We will continue to search for as long as it takes," he said.

"He's become separated from his partner… the person that he was with…the male person that he was with. And he's been able to swim to an island.

"We can't find the boat.

"Debris has been found from a boat but we are still working to confirm that's the vessel that sunk.

"Hopefully the other male has got to an island or some sort of floatation."

Insp Somerville said the search continues.

He said the search effort includes police vessels from Yeppoon and Gladstone and a volunteer marine rescue from Gladstone.

"There's fixed-winged aircraft and two helicopters when weather permits," he said.

Insp Somerville said they were searching a relatively large area at the moment.

He said a paramedic from Gladstone was with the vessel when they located the 60-year-old man this morning.

"He's been examined. He's in pretty good spirits obviously at being found and he has no major injuries."

Insp Somerville said police were unsure how far the 60-year-old had swam to reach the island after the 30-foot timber vessel sank.

Insp Somerville spoke with The Bulletin at 1.30pm and the 60-year-old man was still on the VMR boat at the time.

11.20am Saturday: POLICE searching for two men missing off Port Alma have located a 60-year-old man on Balaclava Island this morning.

The man is currently being transported to Rockhampton Base Hospital with unknown injuries.

The second man who was on board the vessel is still missing.

A distress call was made from the vessel late on Thursday night when the vessel started taking on water in the Casuarina Passage.

Police from Gladstone and Yeppoon as well as volunteer marine rescue vessels are continuing the search.

Aircraft are also expected to be utilised dependant on weather conditions.

UPDATE 10.30am: THE RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter is en route to participate in a search off the south-east coast of Rockhampton. The aircraft departed Mackay at 9.10am.

The chopper is joining the search for a 38-foot fishing vessel which has been reported missing off Port Alma since Thursday night.

Two people are believed to have been on board but their whereabouts now are unclear.

Reports suggest they may now be in the water.

RACQ CQ Rescue will search in the bay area of Rockhampton and 5nm into the Fitzroy River for signs of the vessel and the missing people.

Earlier: THE search for a vessel and two men reported missing off Port Alma is to continue this morning, weather permitting.

An air and sea search on Friday failed to locate the men or their vessel after a distress phone call was received late Thursday night saying they were taking on water in the Casuarina Passage.

The search is expected to resume at first light with police vessels from Gladstone and Yeppoon as well as volunteer marine rescue vessels.

Aircraft are also expected to be utilised dependant on weather conditions.

Friday: A MARINE search is underway for a vessel reported missing off Port Alma overnight.

A distress phone call was received at 11.20pm from the skipper of a 38-foot fishing vessel which was taking on water. 

Two men are on board the vessel, which was in the Casuarina Passage at the time of the call. 

Rescue vessels and aircraft were unable to be deployed overnight because of rough weather conditions.

Air and sea searches began this morning but heavy rain and high winds have hampered the operation.



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