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Hopes fade for missing fishermen off Qld

AAP logoAAP 28/11/2016 David Sigston

An extensive air and sea search off the Queensland coast has failed to find any trace of three missing fishermen or their trawler.

The trawler left Urangan at Hervey Bay on November 11 with a 60-year-old experienced male skipper, a 24-year-old man and a 38-year-old man on board and was due to return a week later.

Police say it was not unusual for the crew to not return on time, but when another week passed without communication a search operation was launched.

The search began on Friday and has covered thousands of square nautical miles off the Queensland coast.

Police have now scaled back their search efforts to shoreline patrols.

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