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Update: Port Lincoln water rescue

27 Mar 2024 2:02pm

Sadly, three people have died after a boat capsized in waters off Port Lincoln.

Just after 8.30pm on Monday 25 March, police were alerted after five people who set off in a fishing vessel from Port Lincoln did not return.

Police Water Operations Unit and Port Lincoln Police launched a search, utilising resources from the local Sea Rescue.  PolAir and a Challenger aircraft from AUSSAR were also deployed.

Numerous messages across marine radio channels alerted vessels in the area to assist with the search.

About 2am on Tuesday 26 March, PolAir located an upturned boat near Spilsby Island.

A 44-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy, both from Torrens Park, were located on a reef and winched to safety.  They were taken to hospital where they are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

About 6.30am, a third person from the boat, a 73-year-old man from Wattle Park was located deceased in the vicinity.

Just after 9am a fourth person was located deceased, a 71-year-old man from Upper Sturt.

About 2.15pm the fifth and final person from the overturned vessel, a 40-year-old Torrens Park man, was located deceased.

Police are now preparing reports for the State Coroner.