Tragedy: Thomas Courto’s bone found seven months after boat disappearance in northwest Tasmania

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Seven months after a boating tragedy in Tasmania’s northwest, a sad discovery has been made by a recreational diver.

A man’s bone has been found by a recreational diver seven months after he was involved in a boating tragedy in Tasmania’s northwest.

Three friends – Thomas Courto, Bree-Anna Thomas and Isaiah Dixon – set sail from Wynyard on October 18 last year but never returned and were reported missing later that day.

Mr Dixon and Ms Thomas’ bodies were found washed ashore near Table Cape two days later, but Mr Courto’s was never found.

Police suspended their search after 11 days on expert advice it was unlikely he had survived.

But last month a bone was found by a recreational diver in Table Cape, with subsequent police DNA testing confirming it belonged to Mr Courto.

“Sadly, police can confirm a bone was located by a diver in the Table Cape area on 21 April, and subsequent DNA testing has confirmed it belongs to missing Wynyard man Thomas Courto,” a Tasmania Police spokesperson said.

“Following the discovery of the bone by a recreational diver, police divers thoroughly searched the area for three days but sadly no further trace of Thomas was located.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with Thomas’ family and loved ones at this difficult time.”

Floral tributes and messages of support were set up at a park in Wynyard following the trio’s disappearance last year, while a vigil was also held on the waterfront.

Originally published as Thomas Courto’s bone found seven months after boating tragedy


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