Queensland

Recovery of commercial fishing vessel Dianne

Salvage operations in relation to the recovery of the fishing vessel Dianne in waters off the Town of 1770 have been suspended due to weather.

The barge has been removed from the salvage site near Agnes Water and relocated to Bundaberg.

Weather forecasts have indicated it will be too rough for any attempted salvage for a number of days.

The salvage equipment will remain on standby in Bundaberg to await a suitable weather window.

Additional salvage equipment is being mobilised to assist with the recovery operation.

The FV Dianne overturned in waters off the Town of 1770 on October 16 2017 with seven crewmen on board.

One man was recovered from the water alive, two men were located deceased inside the vessel and the four remaining crew members remain unaccounted for despite an extensive search of the area.

Police and professional salvage crews have rolled the sunken vessel which was then assessed by police divers. The next stage of the recovery will be to raise it to the surface before towing the Dianne to Bundaberg.

A comprehensive inspection of the trawler will then be conducted as Queensland Police and Maritime Safety Queensland continue their joint investigation into the fatal incident with a report to be prepared for the Coroner.

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Source: QLD Police