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Search for missing man continues

The search for a man who was thrown from a fishing boat when it struck a buoy in Sydney's south is continuing.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, was returning from a fishing trip with two of his sons and another man just after 6pm (AEST) on Saturday, when their aluminium runabout struck a large mooring buoy near Kurnell.

The man was thrown into the water and disappeared.

His sons jumped in after him in an attempt to find him, but were unsuccessful.

Emergency services workers joined the search after a mayday call and two flares were set off.

The search, which included the police helicopter Polair, NSW Maritime and Marine Rescue NSW, was suspended about 3am (AEST) on Sunday.

It will resume sometime after 8am (AEST) on Sunday morning, police said.

The incident follows two recent boating accidents, one on the Hawkesbury River and the other on Lake Macquarie, in which a teenage girl and two men lost their lives.


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Condolences to family, friends and anyone that knew him and those involved in the incident.

Police divers have found the body of a man who was thrown from a runabout into Botany Bay in Sydney's southeast.

A search for the man, who went missing after his boat crashed into a mooring buoy near Kurnell, resumed on Sunday morning.

He had been fishing with his two sons and another man when the collision caused him to be thrown overboard, just after 6pm (AEST) on Saturday.

His sons raised the alarm by issuing a mayday call and firing two flares.

Emergency service rescue teams looked for the man throughout Saturday night before the search was abandoned at 3am and resumed after dawn.

Police divers found the body of the man, aged in his 50s, about 11.20am (AEST), in water approximately 15 metres deep, near where the boat crashed.

His relatives have been informed.

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