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Police Locate Two Bodies Of Two Missing Fishermen

Two bodies have been recovered from a fishing vessel that capsized and sank off the Queensland coast with six crewmen on board.

Police divers have spent most of Saturday making repeated dives to the wreck, which is choked with debris, finding the bodies of two of the missing fishermen.

Police have stopped operations for the day but plan to return to the wreck site on Sunday to keep searching for the four other men.

Gladstone Police Inspector Darren Somerville said the bodies would be brought back to shore to be identified.

"(Police divers) are still clearing debris from the wheelhouse at this stage, and are starting to get below," Inspector Somerville told reporters in Gladstone.

"There's a lot of debris including mattresses, fridges freezers, blankets, lifejackets - everything you'd expect to see on the inside of a boat, which makes it extremely difficult for the divers to see.

"It's not the best scenario, we had hoped to clear the whole vessel today, that hasn't happened."

Inspector Somerville said the families of the missing men were being kept informed and were understanding of the difficulties facing divers.

Police intended to guard the scene overnight with a 5km exclusion zone.

Inspector Somerville said the ship was on the ocean floor around 30 metres down, and the depth was also making it difficult, with drivers only able to spend around 16 minutes on the boat with every dive.

Skipper Ben Leahy, 45, and crew members Adam Hoffman, 30, Eli Tonks, 39, Adam Bidner, 33, Chris Sammut, 34, and Zach Feeney, 28 are presumed dead after the vessel capsized and sank in treacherous conditions near the town of 1770 on Monday night.

Ruben McDornan is the sole known survivor, after he managed to get clear of the ship as it sank before being picked up by a passing vessel.

Police used sonar equipment to locate the Dianne about two to three nautical miles off Round Hill Headland on Friday afternoon.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the family and friends of the six crewman "remain in our thoughts and prayers".


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