Search for Esperance fisherman suspended, resuming on Thursday

Local legend: WA Police confirmed on Monday morning, June 8, that the man missing near Warrenup Beach was 25-year-old Thomas Rae. Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Local legend: WA Police confirmed on Monday morning, June 8, that the man missing near Warrenup Beach was 25-year-old Thomas Rae. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

The search for Esperance man Thomas Dominic Rae has been suspended this afternoon as a result of strong winds and swell, with authorities expected to resume the search tomorrow.

Esperance Police sergeant Alan Keogh said the search was suspended at 12.30pm on Wednesday, July 10, as the weather conditions had hampered the search efforts.

"The search has been suspended for today as a result of the weather conditions," sergeant Keogh said.

"The search will continue tomorrow morning and, at this stage, there are activities planned as far ahead as Sunday [July 14]."

The 25-year-old had been fishing on rocks with a friend near Warrenup Beach in Dalup on Sunday afternoon, July 7.

It is understood that the friend left briefly and, when he returned, he was unable to locate Mr Rae.

Authorities later commenced a marine and land search, with fears that Mr Rae may have fallen from the rocks.

On Monday, July 8, police divers and a drone operator arrived from Perth to join the search for Mr Rae, which included two Volunteer Marine Rescue vessels, the Department of Transport, two Surf Life Saving jet skis, State Emergency Services and local police personnel.

The 25-year-old went missing off Warrenup Beach on Sunday, July 7. Photo: WA Police.

The 25-year-old went missing off Warrenup Beach on Sunday, July 7. Photo: WA Police.