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Search for sunken boat called off after help from Polair

Polair on Flagstaff Point, Wollongong today.

EARLIER today Polair searched waters off Wollongong after reports yesterday of a small vessel sinking.

Police issued a statement late today saying that Polair and other services have been unable to locate any sign of the vessel, and no person or vessel has been reported missing.

Police received reports a boat had sunk and its occupants were in difficulty off Wollongong Harbour on Sunday evening.

Shortly before 6pm on Sunday 11 a triple zero call was made after a woman and a few other people reported seeing a small boat that appeared to be sinking and two people in the water. Police attended Wollongong Harbour and commenced a search 600m off the lighthouse.

Volunteers from local surf lifesaving clubs and marine rescue personnel joined water police and two helicopters in the search which has been unable to locate the boat or its occupants. Officers on land have also been searched the foreshore and checked boat ramps for vehicles and trailers.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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