Yanchep and Guilderton shoreline searched

Attempts to find a fisherman include a search of the coastline between Hillarys and Guilderton.

A TWO Rocks sea rescue vessel is among the boats searching an area about 30 nautical miles west of Mindarie for a missing fisherman.

About 1.30pm on Saturday, June 18 a WA Police spokesman said during the search for Rohan Wilson some debris had been found in the area.

“While the debris cannot be definitively linked to the missing vessel, the pieces are consistent with an esky that is believed to have been on board the vessel,’’ said.

“Water Police and volunteer marine rescue vessels are now focusing their efforts to the south of that area.’’

The spokesman said a Two Rocks Volunteer Marine Rescue Group vessel and volunteers were among those searching for Mr Wilson and his boat.

Yesterday a police spokeswoman said police and emergency services personnel were also carrying out a land search between Hillarys and Guilderton.

She said 17 State Emergency Services personnel, 10 police officers, two City of Joondalup staff were involved in a land search of the shore line between Hillarys and Guilderton.

Six quad bikes were being used in the land search for Mr Wilson who failed to return from a fishing trip on Wednesday, June 15.

Earlier in the marine search two police vessels and six volunteer marine rescue vessels had searched for Mr Wilson.

A police spokeswoman said they received information about 9.30pm on Wednesday, June 15 that Mr Wilson, who had gone fishing on a 6.4m vessel, had failed to return to shore by his expected return time of 8pm.

She said the 38-year-old fisherman’s vehicle and boat trailer had been located at the Mindarie marina.

In a statement Mr Wilson’s family said he was a much loved husband and father of two young boys.

“He is a cherished grandson, son, brother and uncle,’’ the statement said.

“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.’’

They said they were praying for any positive developments in the search for him.