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A search for missing fisherman has a happy ending


Tasmania Police have praised the actions of a North West Man, after he was reported missing on remote Lake Burbury.

The 33-year-old was supposed to meet up with his friends on Friday night for a camping weekend.

His car and boat trailer were located at one of the boat ramps, his friends checking other access points to the lake.

With no phone service and growing concerns for the fisherman's safety, the police were called at around 8pm.

Queenstown and Strahan Police launched a waterborne search on the lake, finding the missing man alive and well at 11pm.

His boat had suffered a mechanical failure and he'd tied up to some trees after drifting to an inaccessible shoreline in the southern end of the lake.

Senior Constable Dodds has praised the man's actions, saying "It was good to see that the missing person stayed with his boat and didn’t try to walk out".

"That area is very remote with no roads, tracks or phone reception".

Dodds says the man was equipped with safety gear.

The weather was also on the police's side in the lead up to the rescue.

Strahan Marine and Rescue Service's Constable Bradford remarked "it was a chilly 6 degrees on the water, we had clear conditions and little wind which aided the rescue efforts no end".

"A night search can be a very difficult proposition, luckily the west coast weather was kind to us.” Bradford said.

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