At 9.30am today (Saturday 13 September), a rescue helicopter located the man’s aluminium fishing boat around 15 nautical miles east of Evans Head.
A crewman was winched on board but the seven metre long vessel was empty.
The 45-year-old man was reported missing today (Saturday 13 September) after failing to return from a trip alone to check his fish traps yesterday morning (Friday 12 September).
Two fixed-wing aircraft and a number of helicopters are currently searching the area. They are being supported by vessels from the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command, Marine Rescue NSW and Volunteer Marine Rescue and three merchant ships.