A man who sparked the largest search in SA maritime history is in trouble again after he put out a distress call this morning.
A man who sparked the largest search in SA maritime history is in trouble again after he put out a distress call this morning.

‘Lost’ boatie Tony Higgins missing … again

A man who sparked the state's largest maritime search earlier this month is missing again after he sent a distress call on Tuesday morning, saying his boat was taking on water near Granite Island.

Tony Higgins, 57, made the distress call just after 5am.

SA Police say it is the same vessel, called the Margrel, that was missing for more than four days after Mr Higgins and his friend Derek Robinson, 48, vanished off the Eyre Peninsula coast.

A police helicopter, water operations unit and sea rescue volunteers are now searching around Granite Island for Mr Higgins.

Tony Higgins sent out a distress call early this morning. Picture Matt Turner.
Tony Higgins sent out a distress call early this morning. Picture Matt Turner.

 

Boaties Tony Higgins and Derek Robinson aboard their boat found off the Coorong coast after almost a week at sea. Their vessel was towed back to Victor Harbor by SA Police. Picture: Nine News Adelaide
Boaties Tony Higgins and Derek Robinson aboard their boat found off the Coorong coast after almost a week at sea. Their vessel was towed back to Victor Harbor by SA Police. Picture: Nine News Adelaide

The state's largest maritime search was launched to find them when the two men went missing earlier this month, but was called off on the fourth day.

Just hours later, the two men arrived near Salt Creek on the Coorong and claimed they had no clue people were searching for them.

Mr Higgins was fined $1000 for having insufficient safety equipment and no operator's licence.

The vessel had an out-of-date EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) and out-of-date flares, and police said Mr Higgins did not hold an appropriate recreational boat licence.

The man found himself in more trouble over the weekend when he was caught by a low tide and became temporarily stranded while trying to dock at Victor Harbor.

 

gabriel.polychronis@news.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

Originally published as 'Lost' boatie Tony Higgins missing … again

Tony Higgins on his boat at Victor Harbor, South Australia, after his four-day ordeal. Picture: Matt Turner.
Tony Higgins on his boat at Victor Harbor, South Australia, after his four-day ordeal. Picture: Matt Turner.

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