Missing SA boatie Tony Higgins’ search called off amid rough weather off Victor Harbor

Missing SA boatie Tony Higgins’ search called off amid rough weather off Victor Harbor
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Police have called off a large-scale maritime search for a missing South Australian boatie as wild weather closes in on the coast.

The operation to find Tony Higgins, who was on board the timber-hulled Margrel, entered its third day on Thursday.

The skipper on Tuesday reported the boat was taking on water in rough seas off Granite Island, south of Adelaide.

Early on Wednesday morning, a commercial fisherman found a number of items of debris washed ashore, several kilometres southeast from the Murray Mouth.

Debris belonging to Tony Higgins’ vessel has been discovered off Goolwa. Credit: 7NEWS

Police say Higgins’ wallet containing his ID has also been found.

Derek Robinson, who was on Higgins’ boat when it went missing the first time earlier this month, spoke to the media unannounced during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

He called for kindness as his mate remains missing.

Rough seas of Goolwa have hampered search efforts.
Rough seas of Goolwa have hampered search efforts. Credit: 7NEWS

“He wanted to get from Coffin Bay to Goolwa… that was his thing,” Robinson said.

“All the nastiness on social media… he probably thought, ‘Stuff you guys, I’m going to charge through it’.

“Have a bit of heart, there’s family out there that are missing this fella.”

Grave fears are held for Higgins, who's been described as "a bit nutty but likeable".
Grave fears are held for Higgins, who’s been described as “a bit nutty but likeable”. Credit: 7NEWS



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