Rohan Wilson: search for missing fisherman off Mindarie suspended


Rohan Wilson
Rohan Wilson

THE search for a fisherman missing off Mindarie since last Wednesday did not continue into a fifth day today.

Rohan Wilson (38) remains lost at sea having not returned to the Mindarie Marina when he was due back about 8.30pm on Wednesday night.

His vehicle and boat trailer were discovered at the marina.

Over the weekend, police thought they may have found debris from his missing vessel Top Gossip when pieces consistent with an esky, believed to be on board the 6.4m boat, were discovered about 55km off Mindarie.

But a search of nearby waters was unsuccessful.

Mr Wilson’s family released a statement on Friday, hoping for good news.

“Rohan Wilson is a much loved husband and father of two young boys,” the statement said.

“He is a cherished grandson, son, brother and uncle.

“He is an experienced fisherman who embraces the opportunity to get out fishing whenever he can.

“We’d like to extend our gratitude and thanks to the enormous search efforts that have gone into the search for Rohan.

“We are praying for any positive developments in the search for Rohan and request privacy from the media at this challenging time.”

Water Police, SES personnel, volunteer sea rescue vessels and Australian Maritime Safety Authority aircraft were involved in the search from Thursday to Sunday.

A sizeable land-based team scoured the shoreline between Hillarys and Guilderton on Friday.

Police said they would re-launch the search should any evidence of the whereabouts of Mr Wilson or his boat present itself.