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Wake held for skipper who mysteriously disappeared at sea

FOND MEMORIES: Tony Cowderoy shares his memories of missing fisherman and mate Grant Sainty, whom he worked with for more than a decade.
FOND MEMORIES: Tony Cowderoy shares his memories of missing fisherman and mate Grant Sainty, whom he worked with for more than a decade. Patrick Woods

A WAKE has given closure to friends of a Coast fisherman who is believed dead after his fishing trawler disappeared off the Fraser Coast late last year.

Grant Sainty, 60, was skipper of the Mooloolaba-based Night Raider which mysteriously vanished along with fellow fishermen, Port Macquarie father-of-six Doug Hunt, 38, and another man aged 24.

The tragedy began to unfold on November 11 when the trawler left Urangan, in Hervey Bay, about 9.45pm.

From there it travelled east through Breaksea Spit, but communications were lost the next morning and the three men were never heard from again.

After they failed to make a scheduled stop at the Sunshine Coast on November 18, the men were officially reported missing on November 24.

A police search started the next day, but was scaled back on November 27 due to no sign of the vessel.

 

Friends and former colleagues gather at the wake for Sunshine Coast man Grant Sainty, who went missing last November with two other men on a fishing trawler of Fraser Island.
Friends and former colleagues gather at the wake for Sunshine Coast man Grant Sainty, who went missing last November with two other men on a fishing trawler of Fraser Island. Patrick Woods

Leonie Cowderoy, whose husband has been friends with Mr Sainty for more than 30 years, said the day was to acknowledge what an amazing friend and workmate he was, with some attendees travelling as far as New Zealand.

Between 80 to 100 people showed up to former fisherman Jeffery Davis' home to pay their respects and share stories.

"We're all very close, we've all known each other all our lives," Mrs Cowderoy said.

"It's rocked us because nothing was ever found, it's like he's just forgotten."

Two other fellow Coast fishermen Pete Bindoff, who died of a heart attack several weeks ago, and Lawrence Mann, who succumbed to cancer in March, were also celebrated at the wake.

Both men were remembered fondly by Mrs Cowderoy, who said she went "way back" with the pair.

Mr Davis said the day was about "remembering the good times and the friendships" with their fallen mates, describing Mr Sainty as "one of the best on the port".

"Grant was a really good fisherman," he said.

"It's a bit of a sad occasion.

"It's about remembrance."

Topics:  disappearance fisherman fraser coast missing night raider sea



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