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Search and rescue fails to find man overboard off Fraser Island

Sydney: Chances of finding a man overboard off Australia’s Fraser Island are fading this afternoon as search and rescue teams comb the area with no success.

A seafarer fell off the bulk carrier Sea Amity (built 2001, 28,000 dwt) at 10.30pm last night, some 55 km to the east of Fraser Island. The ship’s crew tried in vain to locate the seafarer before calling in the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) this morning.

AMSA deployed six helicopters, three planes, an AMSA search and rescue vessel, Hervey Bay water police vessel and a Volunteer Marine Rescue vessel from Tin Can Bay. An emergency broadcast has been issued to all vessels in the area to keep an eye out for the missing man.

The ship belongs to China’s Lihai International Shipping.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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