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AMSA ends search for missing fisherman

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016 Stuart Layt

Hopes are fading for a fisherman missing in waters of Fraser Island, as the Australian Maritime Safety Bureau calls off its search.

Brett Munn, 53, was the skipper of a trawler that capsized about 10km off the island's east coast about 2.40am on Tuesday.

AMSA said in a statement that its decision to call off the search was based on expert medical evidence that Mr Munn could not have survived past Wednesday, due to water temperature and weather conditions.

Queensland Police will continue their search for the missing man into Thursday, although Inspector Paul Biggin admits the longer it goes on, the lower the chance is of finding Mr Munn alive.

"The survivability of the missing man was certainly up until nightfall tonight (Wednesday)," Insp Biggin said.

"We'll remain positive until that decision is changed."

Police will continue an air and sea search on Thursday, as well as combing the coastline in the area for any sign Mr Munn made it to shore.

Police divers were due to search the partially submerged vessel late on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, detectives in Tin Can Bay have interviewed two deck hands rescued from the vessel, as they try to piece together what happened.

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