A massive search was underway yesterday for an abalone fisherman missing and swept out to sea from Yanchep Lagoon on the first day of the abalone fishing season. The search involved three helicopters, specialist police divers, local police and marine rescue volunteers and continued all day yesterday.
This morning the search resumed and I was at the base at 6.30am ready to board Guardian 1. Under the direction of Fremantle Water Police we searched in a grid formation, firstly close to the shore and then in 100 metre increments off shore. The winds were strong and seas were two and half meters with swells up to three meters.
The Westpac helicopter searched above and the Yanchep Surf Life saving Group had jest ski’s along the shoreline. My arms were just about pulled out of their sockets just hanging on to a rail on the back of the boat during the search. After four hours we came back into Two Rocks Marina to refuel and then the search resumed until about 3pm. I am on duty again tomorrow if there is another search.