POLICE divers return to the wharf at Ballina after weather conditions forced them to abandon their search for the occupants of
POLICE divers return to the wharf at Ballina after weather conditions forced them to abandon their search for the occupants of

No hope for victims



THE bodies of a father and son whose ultra-light plane crashed into the ocean off Tyagarah on Saturday are yet to be recovered.

The names of the 54-year-old Ocean Shores pilot and his 25-year-old son will be released after their bodies are recovered, Inspector Owen King from Byron Bay police said yesterday.

The underwater search for the ultralight plane, known as a drifter, was suspended at 2pm yesterday after large swells threatened divers' safety Insp King said.

"The wreckage may only be 50 or 60 metres away, but the divers said it was pitch black down there," he said.

Divers will resume their search early this morning using sonar equipment.

Insp King said there was "no hope" of finding the two men alive.

The men's family spent most of the day yesterday at Tyagarah beach, waiting.

"We are fairly confident of finding the aircraft in the water," Insp King said. "We just hope for the family it's sooner rather than later."

The cause of the aircraft crash will be determined by the Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) once the wreckage was recovered and the two deaths will be examined by the coroner.

An RA-Aus (CORR) investigator joined police divers yesterday.



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