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Search for missing boatie scaled back

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The search for a boatie missing off the Fraser Coast, has been scaled back.

Paul Brazier was last seen at Urangan Boat Harbour at Hervey Bay last Monday, May 25, before heading off for an overnight fishing trip.

Sergeant Paul Baker said it was extremely sad news that they have transitioned from a search into an investigation phase.

"We always hope to bring families their loved ones back to them, in any search and rescue that's our primary goal.

"Unfortunately we haven't been able to do that to date.

"Obviously the family and friends are understandably upset," he said.

Police will now analyse the 37-year-old's boat, which was found near Fraser Island last week.