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Three missing off Kalumburu coast
Kalumburu. File picture: Alicia Bridges

UPDATE 12:30 Three people who failed to return from a fishing trip yesterday have been found on remote Carronade Island in the Kimberley around 28 hours after they set out.

A search and rescue plane has spotted the trio and emergency services are currently trying to reach them.

Two planes, a helicopter and a boat searched this morning for the two men and a woman who were missing in crocodile-infested waters off the northern tip of WA.

They were reported missing about 7.30pm last night after they failed to return to Kalumburu, the northernmost settlement in the state.

They left the settlement about 7.30am yesterday and should have returned from a day’s fishing by 3pm.

It is understood there was one local and two New Zealanders on board the 4.5-metre centre-console vessel.

The skipper was a 53-year-old man.

A police spokeswoman said police believed the anglers had neither a satellite phone nor an EPIRB.

Kalumburu, situated near the mouth of the King Edward River, is WA’s most isolated Aboriginal community.

It was home to a clandestine WWII airbase which was attacked by Japanese bombers in 1943.

A spokesman for Kununurra police had said crocodiles were a real concern.

“There are quite a few crocs up there. You don’t want to do too much swimming,” he said.

The West Australian

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