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Thursday, 7 October 1971
Page: 2120


Mr HUNT (Gwydir) (Minister for the Interior) - The House will remember the disappearance of the ketch 'One and AH'. A life raft was located 49 miles north north west of Middleton Reef initially by a Royal Australian Air Force Neptune aircraft late this afternoon. A RAAF Orion aircraft was immediately dispatched to maintain contact and is now in visual contact with the raft. The crew has reported the sighting of at least 5 people and possibly there are others under the hood of the raft. The submarine HMAS 'Otway' is on its way and expects to arrive at the scene at 12.45 a.m. I would like to thank the Minister for Air (Senator DrakeBrockman) for his help and the Royal Australian Air Force for the splendid work they have done in locating the raft. I thank all those who have engaged in the search for these missing people.







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