Debris found off the coast of Anna Bay as search for helicopter continues

Tribute: Flowers left at Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club earlier this month. Picture: Marina Neil
Tribute: Flowers left at Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club earlier this month. Picture: Marina Neil

Police divers were to return to the water on Tuesday to inspect debris found off the coast of Anna Bay during the search for a helicopter and its five occupants missing since a crash more than a fortnight ago.

Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The debris was found in waters off Port Stephens on Sunday and specialist police began inspecting it on Monday. But a police spokesperson said on Monday afternoon it was too early to tell whether the debris was the missing aircraft.

Five people were aboard the Bell UH-1H Iroquois helicopter, which disappeared from the Williamtown air traffic control radar at 6.49pm on September 6.

Queensland men Jamie Ogden and Grant Kuhnemann, married Sydney couple Jocelyn Villanueva and Gregory Miller, and the chopper's pilot and owner David Kerr - also a Queensland man - are believed to have died in the crash.

Police suspended the search for the wreck early last week as unfavourable weather and sea conditions struck the region. Police are continuing their appeal for witnesses to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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