Search begins after mayday call
UPDATE: Police have ceased the search for a possible distressed boat.
A Queensland Police Media spokesperson said the precautionary search, which took place yesterday afternoon, resulted in no evidence of a missing vessel in waters off Seventeen Seventy.
The search took place after mayday calls were retrieved from another boat off East Lamont Reef, with investigations happening in the area of Fitzroy Reef, 90 minutes from Seventeen Seventy.
EARLIER: A RESCUE 300 chopper and a private vessel have been tasked to a search in waters off Seventeen Seventy.
A Queensland Police Media spokesperson said police were currently investigating distress calls that were sent out at about 9.30am this morning from a vessel East of Lamont Reef.
"Police are now looking at Fitzroy Reef to try to chase where these calls are coming from and establish if the vessel is still in distress," the spokesperson said.
"The distress call was initially received by another vessel in the morning and police were not informed until the afternoon."
"Police are undertaking a precautionary search."
Fitzroy Reef is situated 32 nautical miles (or 90 minutes) from Seventeen Seventy.