Divers recover two bodies from sunken trawler

Divers recover two bodies from sunken trawler

Divers recover two bodies from sunken trawler

The bodies of six men believed to have been below deck when their fishing vessel capsized and sank off the Australian coast could be found when authorities recover the boat on Saturday.

The fishing trawler Dianne capsized and sunk off near the Queensland town of 1770 on Monday night.

Extensive efforts to find crewmen Chris Sammut, 34, Eli Tonks, 39, Adam Bidner, 33, Zach Feeney, 28, Adam Hoffman, 30, and skipper Ben Leahy, 45, have so found no sign of the men, while hopes dwindled yesterday amid risky weather conditions.

Police divers are already in Gladstone and will join water police on Friday to search the area.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the government's "thoughts and prayers" were with the families of the missing men.

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The sole known survivor, Ruben McDornan, managed to cling on to the vessel's hull for hours before he was rescued when a couple on a passing boat heard his screams for help.

An extensive aerial, land and sea search has failed to find the men, whose families were on Thursday night gathered in Gladstone to be briefed by authorities.

"They'll have to go down there and assess it before we can make any further statements".

After their emotional reunion his wife Sammy revealed her husband was "very sad and sore, but OK" and said she hadn't given up hope of a miracle.

"We're really thankful to the people that rescued Ruben, and to all the people out there searching for the boys", she said.

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Wetsuits, diving equipment and personal items were found washed ashore earlier this week following the tragedy.

"My medical team advised us, they told us that towards the end of the afternoon, the chances of survival unsupported is negligible", Queensland Police Sergeant Jeff Barnett said at a media briefing yesterday.

The trawler is on the ocean floor in 30 metres of water.

"This advice has been passed on to the family of the six men".

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