OUR SAY: Want to help? Make a donation
IT'S a sad day for the Wide Bay fishing industry as hope fades for two of their own, who have been missing at sea since Monday.
The waters off the eastern coast of Fraser Island can be treacherous at the best of times, and even more so with the massive swells we have seen in the past few days.
It must be a heart wrenching job for emergency service crews to be called to, and even more so for the other trawler operators who have become involved in the search.
It could easily have been them.
Search operations like this are thankfully rare, but when they do occur, the costs mount up quickly.
I don't think there is a single person out there who would begrudge the money spent - it's two human lives at stake, men with loved ones and families.
As well as emergency services, the search has relied heavily on resources like the RACQ CareFlight helicopter, which provides many of its services to the community free-of-charge and is supported by public donations.
If you would like to do something to help, a donation to the CareFlight chopper might be the way to go.
Their website is http://www.careflight.org.au.