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Search for missing men after fishing trawler flips at 1770

FILE PHOTO: Water police are taking part in the search for the missing crew.
FILE PHOTO: Water police are taking part in the search for the missing crew. Valerie Horton

WHAT WE KNOW:

Seven crewmen were on onboard a fishing trawler last night near Middle Island when it capsized and sunk.

One man was found floating in the water around 7am today by a passing boat.

An extensive air and water search is underway by the Water Police, VMR Round Hill, 1770 LARC and Gladstone Police, to locate the six other men.

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UPDATE 12.20pm:

POLICE will address media at 1pm about the search and rescue operation for six men who were on board a fishing trawler last night near Seventeen Seventy.

More to come.

Earlier 10.15am:

A search and rescue operation is underway for the crew of a vessel which overturned near Middle Island, north of Seventeen Seventy last night.

About 7.30pm, the fishing trawler overturned with the vessel sinking about midnight.

A crewman onboard the vessel was located floating in the water about 7am by a passing boat.

An extensive air and water search is underway to locate six men who remain outstanding.

Resources involved in the search include the Rescue 500 helicopter and Rescue 300 helicopter, Water Police, VMR and a number of other vessels.

It is believed the 1770 LARC is also involved in the search.

Police are appealing to boat users in the area to be on the lookout for the missing man.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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