RAAF and HMAS Anzac in mercy dash off WA coast

At 10pm on 14 May 2021, the Australian Defence Force issued a statement saying that aviation and maritime assets were responding to a distress call from a commercial fishing vessel approximately 670 nautical miles off Perth in Western Australia.

FILE PHOTO: A Royal Australian Air Force KA350 King Air flies past HMAS Anzac. Photo by Corporal Steve Duncan

Two Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, home-based in Adelaide, and one C-130J, home-based in Sydney, were supporting the Australian Maritime Safety Authority-led search.

The aircraft were equipped with life-rafts and emergency items.

Australian officials have been in contact with the Indonesian company that owns the vessel.

The vessel in distress is believed to be a large commercial fisher with 20 crew on board.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Anzac was due to arrive on the scene some time in the afternoon of 15 May.

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