Police search The Entrance for missing fisherman, and investigate distress flares at Patonga

OVERDUE: Two prawn fisherman failed to return from The Entrance channel last night. Picture: Phil HearnePOLICE are today involved in two searches for people on the Central Coast.


At The Entrance, police are searching for two men overdue from a prawn fishing expedition last night.

And at Patonga, a search resumed today in Brisbane Water National Park after flares were spotted last night coming from bushland near the Old North Road.

Just after midnight last night,emergency services were called to The Entrance channel after another angler saw a light bobbing in the water.

Asearchlocated other items that are thought to belong to the two men who had been reported overdue by their families.

The men, aged 38 and 65, had gone prawn fishing earlier in the evening and were due to return home by 11pm.

Today’ssearchinvolves police from Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command, Martine Area Command, Westpac LifeSaver Helicopter local marine rescue and life savers

Thesearchis focussing on the shoreline near The Entrance channel as well as the lake and ocean beaches.

Last night about 8.30, police received four reports of flares being sighted in bushland near the Great North Road, Patonga, near the Warrah Trigg Lookout.

A man fishing in waters off the area reportedly spoke to people who said they needed emergency assistance.

Emergency services were notified.

The Westpac Helicopter searched the area but nobody was located.

Rural fire service personnel patrolled fire trails in the area but did not locate anyone.

Thesearchwas suspended at 10.30pm, and resumedat 5am today, with police from Brisbane Water LAC being assisted by SES personnel.

There is no confirmation that there are persons in the park that need assistance, however if anyone has knowledge of who the reported people in distress may be, they are urged to contact Gosford Police on 4323 5599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000.