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Search and rescue, Saibai Island

POLICE have launched a search and rescue operation following the disappearance of a 16-year-old boy at Saibai Island this morning, April 18.

At approximately 4 am, emergency services responded to reports two teenagers had tried to swim to shore from a broken down dinghy.

A 13-year-old boy made it back to shore, but the 16-year-old boy remains missing.

Thursday Island Water Police immediately activated and commenced a search and rescue with support from general duties crews.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: May the fourth “beer” with you and Improved accessibility at The Crystal Caves.

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