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Divers search for missing Tas boaties

AAP logoAAP 8/08/2016 By Andrew Drummond

Police are using sonar equipment and divers are searching chilly waters southeast of Hobart as the search continues for two men missing after a fatal boat trip.

It's been more than a week since a group of mates set off from a beach at Cremorne in a 4.9-metre runabout for a day fishing.

They failed to return as planned on July 31 and the next day two bodies were found - those of Hobart men Magnus Julian Ritter, 34, and Luke William Davies, 32.

On Monday search crews in boats scanned sections of Frederick Henry Bay while trail bikes were used to scour nearby coastline for the outstanding duo.

"A boat with a sonar and divers were utilised (on Monday) and will be used again tomorrow," police said.

There has been no sign of the missing men - a 26-year-old from Hobart and a 35-year-old New Zealander - or the 1970s model boat, which police say would have sunk if swamped.

On Monday Mr Ritter's parents Sabine Wagner and Ottmar Ritter and his partner, Alex Hayes, thanked people who have been part of the search.

"The police, and all other volunteers and services involved have worked exhaustively during this tough time and continue to do so," the trio said in a statement.

"Thank you for the dignity you've all shown towards the two men recovered and continue to show to those still missing."

The search will continue on Tuesday.

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