VH-XNF as "Rescue 550" flew up from Essendon to search off Hervey Bay. After some time, it landed at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport to refuel before then flying up to Cairns.
It appears that VH-XNF flew from Cairns to Essendon on Wednesday 27 May so its return to Cairns was to be expected.
VH-XNE as "Rescue 330" then also flew up from Essendon to the Hervey Bay area to continue the search. It too was due to land at Hervey Bay Airport but ended up landing at Brisbane.
It's was also heard that a pair of helicopters were also participating in the search also on Thursday 28 May - LifeFlight Rescue Bell 412EP VH-XCY as "Rescue 522" and Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) Eurocopter (Bolkow) BO105 CBS-5 helicopter VH-NVH(?) "Lifesaver 46".
Our thoughts and prayers are with the missing man and his family and friends.
Photo taken by 'IAD' ©