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CareFlight takes part in sea search for missing man

The Sunshine Coast RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter has taken part in an extensive ocean search for a man overboard from a commercial ship, approximately 55 kilometres east of Fraser Island.

It is believed that the man went overboard from the deck of a Liberia-flagged cargo ship, the Sea Amity, shortly before 10.30pm Tuesday night.

CareFlight’s Maroochydore-based rescue helicopter was tasked to join the search coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) at 9.50am this morning.

The crew completed a sweep of an assigned 100 nautical mile area, but there was no sign of the man.

The helicopter returned to base to refuel.

The Sunshine Coast crew re-joined the search at 2pm.

Multiple other agencies, supplying fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft, have also been involved in today’s search.