Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

DRAMA ON HIGH SEAS Father Leads Water Police on Long Chase

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

DRAMA ON HIGH SEAS Father Leads Water Police on Long Chase

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Byline: RODNEY STEVENS rodney.stevens@dailyexaminer.com.au

WATER Police were led on a low-speed nine-and a half hour pursuit after an Iluka man allegedly took his son's fishing trawler without permission for a test run in heavy seas on Wednesday.

Police finally caught up with the vessel at 10pm on Thursday, 40 nautical miles east of Yamba, after negotiating a three-to-four-metre swell and howling 30-knot north-easterly winds.

The 55-year-old man set out from Iluka boat harbour in the recently purchased 13.4-metre vessel, named Kay Bee, just before noon.

Despite having limited experience on the trawler, the man managed to navigate the notorious Clarence River mouth bar successfully and headed due east, travelling at between six and eight knots.

A spokesperson from Coffs Harbour Water Police said they received a call the man and the boat were missing at 12.30 pm.

He said water police left Coffs Harbour and monitored the trawler's position on radar as they chased the boat at a speed of between eight and ten knots. …

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