Boat found near Lancelin

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A boat has been found at a beach north of Lancelin but there are no signs of missing fisherman Jeffrey Doyle.

THE boat of missing fisherman Jeffrey Doyle has been found at a beach north of Lancelin.

About 7.20am WA Police said police officers were at a beach between Lancelin and Cervantes (north of Wedge Point).

A police spokeswoman said Mr Doyle was still missing.

She said local police, water police and forensic officers would be at the site this morning.

On Saturday, October 22 water police called off their search for the 61-year-old fisherman whose boat was called Obsession II.

Up until then a search for Mr Doyle had included Bunbury Sea Rescue, water police and the police air wing (helicopter) personnel.

The sea and aerial search for the Binningup resident started off the coast of Bunbury on Wednesday, October 19.
The search was organised after Mr Doyle failed to return the night before after leaving the Bunbury Yacht Club on Monday, October 17 in his 8.6m cabin cruiser for a fishing trip.
Police said he was an experienced fisherman and his vessel had emergency equipment and supplies on board.

On Wednesday, October 19 the search focused on the area between Cape Naturaliste and Mandurah (Dawesville Cut) with three volunteer marine rescue group vessels, a helicopter and search planes taking part.

On Thursday, October 20 a WA Police said eight vessels were split into two groups, one searching north and one south of the area between Cape Naturaliste and Mandurah.
Each search area was about 220 nautical miles.
Two all-terrain vehicles searched beach areas between Mandurah and Bunbury and two planes and one helicopter conducted an aerial search incorporating 1100 square miles of coast between Cape Naturaliste and Rottnest Island.