Large search underway after helicopter disappeared off radar

Emergency services have begun a search operation after a helicopter went missing in the Port Stephens area overnight.

Police were notified around 6.30pm, that a helicopter had faded off the radar.

A search operation was then commenced around Anna Bay.


It’s understood a severe weather warning was issued for the area where the aircraft lost contact, with damaging, locally destructive winds and peak gusts in excess of 125km/h expected.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, NSW Police Marine Area Command, Port Stephens-Hunter Police District, Westpac Rescue Helicopter, NSW Marine Rescue and various aerial support bodies are assisting in the search.

Police are yet to confirm how many people were on board the helicopter, though reports suggest as many as four people could have been on board.

Anyone with information about the incident is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

The search was still ongoing at the time of writing.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.