Bass Strait search for fisherman suspended

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Police have called off the search for a fisherman who went overboard from a boat in the Bass Strait, saying it is extremely unlikely he survived the conditions.

The 39-year-old man from the Philippines was reported missing about 8pm on Thursday after disappearing about 25 nautical miles east of Tasmania's Flinders Island.

An air and sea search was conducted on Thursday night and Friday in the challenging conditions.

Tasmania Police advised on Friday afternoon that the search had been suspended and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

"Considering poor weather conditions with strong winds, cool temperatures and high swells, expert advice has determined it is extremely unlikely that the man could have survived," police said.

The fishing vessel, which operates out of Victoria and was involved in the search, was forced to take shelter south of Babel Island, about 30 kilometres from where the man went missing.

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