Thomas Courto’s bone found seven months after the boat disappeared in north-west Tasmania

The ship that Thomas Courto, Bree-Anna Thomas and Isaiah Dixon sailed on.  Mr. Courto's bone was discovered last month.  Image: Tasmanian Police
The ship that Thomas Courto, Bree-Anna Thomas and Isaiah Dixon sailed on. Mr. Courto’s bone was discovered last month. Image: Tasmanian Police

A recreational diver has found a man’s bone seven months after he was involved in a boat tragedy in northwestern Tasmania.

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

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

Thomas Courto's body was not found after he disappeared at sea seven months ago.  Image: Facebook.
Thomas Courto’s body was not found after he disappeared at sea seven months ago. Image: Facebook.

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Police called off their search after 11 days on expert advice, it was unlikely he would have survived.

But last month a recreational diver found a bone at Table Cape, and subsequent DNA tests by police confirmed that it belonged to Courto.

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

“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 found.

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

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

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