Local boater is missing near Loch Sport (updated)

UPDATED

THE search is continuing for a man missing on Lake Wellington since Sunday.

It is believed two men were in separate boats on the lake when one of the boats developed engine trouble about 4.15pm.

A 72-year-old Sale man returned to shore in his boat and was taken to hospital for observation.

A 48-year-old Golden Beach man has not been found.

The Police Air Wing, local police and Water Police are involved in the search.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Original report:

AN extensive search and rescue operation is nderway on Lake Wellington near Loch Sport, after a local man was reported missing on Sunday afternoon.

The Gippsland Times understands the keen fisherman was out on his boat on Sunday after launching at the Port of Sale, but did not return as expected.

A search began of the lake’s “rough waters” for the experienced boater along the banks near Holland’s Landing and Seacombe.

The Gippsland Times was unable to confirm reports before deadline that a boat had been found at Tucker Point about 10am Monday morning.

Water Police, a Search and Rescue helicopter and several boats were understood to be out searching for most of late Sunday and early Monday, until foggy conditions made the search too difficult, but it resumed Monday morning.

Paynesville Coast Guard, Loch Sport Boat Club and the State Emergency Service were also involved, as well as the missing man’s friends and local residents who scoured the lake’s shores with spotlights on four wheel drives, dirt bikes and boats.

Loch Sport residents and friends of the man were appealing to the rest of the community on Monday morning to join the search.

A strong wind warning was issued for the Gippsland Lakes at 10am Monday morning, after a storm front moved through the region on Sunday night.

East Sale recorded wind gusts of up to 74kmh on Sunday evening.