Water police search for 61yo fisherman missing off Bunbury coast

UPDATE 20-OCT-16, 7.10AM: The search for missing man Jeffrey Doyle has continued from about 7am on Thursday morning, with police conducting and aerial and sea search in the area between Cape Naturaliste and the Dawesville Cut. 

Police have split eight vessels into two groups, to search north and south of the designated area, with each section approximately 220 nautical miles.

Two All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) started to search the beach areas between Mandurah and Bunbury and two planes and one helicopter began an aerial search incorporating 1100 square miles of coast between Cape Naturaliste and Rottnest Island.

19-OCT-16, 5.29PM:  A sea and aerial search for missing 61-year-old Jeffrey Doyle has concluded its first day, with no result. 

Police – including a search helicopter and search planes – and three volunteer marine rescue group vessels searched the area between Cape Naturaliste and Mandurah’s Dawesville Cut for the Binningup man, who was last seen leaving the Bunbury Yacht Club on Monday. 

His vessel is an 8.6m cabin cruiser named ‘Obsession II’ with a registration number of EP937 on it.

Mr Doyle is known to carry all appropriate safety equipment, however at this time there has been no flare sightings or any EPIRD detections in the area.

The search suspended at sunset, and resume again at first light on Thursday.

19-OCT-16, 7.51AM: A sea and aerial search is underway on Wednesday morning for a 61-year-old man missing off Western Australia's south west coast for two days. 

The Binningup man was last seen leaving the Bunbury Yacht Club on Monday morning in an 8.6 metre Bertrum cabin cruiser for a fishing trip. 

He was expected home that night and reported missing by his wife when he failed to return.

His car is still parked at Bunbury Yacht Club.

A police spokeswoman said the man was an experienced fisherman with emergency equipment and supplies on board. 

It is understood the man's car is still parked at the yacht club, and that he was fishing on his own. 

Water police are scouring a large search area as it is not known which direction the vessel was headed. 

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