Rescue crews on high alert for ‘missing’ yacht, later found at Abrolhos Islands

Geraldton Guardian
Picture: Facebook/Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Group
Camera IconPicture: Facebook/Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Group

A huge marine search and rescue operation was nearly launched off the Mid West coast yesterday, after the skipper of 20ft white yacht heading to Exmouth failed to communicate whether it was safe.

The vessel, which was later found off the coast of Geraldton, forced all volunteer marine rescues between Fremantle to Carnarvon into “high alert” after the skipper’s relative contacted Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue with concerns on Sunday.

Yesterday morning it was confirmed the vessel was overdue, prompting Fremantle Water Police to request all rescue groups between Lancelin and Carnarvon to radio boats every 30 minutes to determine whether any other vessels had made contact with the missing yacht.

About 4pm, a Fisheries Department patrol boat located the yacht at the Abrolhos Islands.

Marine rescuers have urged skippers to keep in contact with their nearest marine rescue groups.

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