Two fishermen have gone missing after heading out in Victoria’s Western Port Bay despite COVID-19 restrictions banning recreational fishing in the state.
Two fishermen have gone missing after heading out in Victoria's Western Port Bay despite COVID-19 restrictions banning recreational fishing in the state.
A 20-year-old man and 33-year-old man set out in their vessel sometime before 6am from the Flinders boat ramp yesterday.
The pair was known to fish off Flinders coast, west of Phillip Island.
A friend called police about 9pm after being unable to reach them.
Police believe the men were in a three-metre aluminium "tinny" with an outboard motor.
Water police and the airwing, Coast Guard and volunteer marine rescue agencies, have launched a search party for the vessel.
The men undertook their fishing adventure on the first weekend since the state's harsher coronavirus social distancing laws were put in place.
"No recreational fishing trip, no trip to the golf course is worth someone's life and I know it's frustrating and I'm asking a lot of you not to do the things you love doing, but there are people you love as well," Premier Daniel Andrews said on Friday.
"There are so many in the community who will be at risk if we keep going on as usual, pretending this is not real.
"I thank those who are giving up so much. I am deeply grateful. I know it's a lot but it is making a massive difference."
Individuals who fail to comply with the state's shutdown regulations face on-the-spot fines of up to $1652.
- With AAP reporting
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/victorian-fisherman-missing-despite-coronavirus-restrictions-banning-fishing/971758e1-9e49-4534-b40f-3cb51bd18c2f