Tony Higgins, the man who led police and authorities on the largest marine search in South Australia’s history is missing again.

South Australia Police have been on the search for the man since early this morning.

Alarm was raised just after 5am when police received a call from Higgins, saying that his boat had begun to take on water near Granite Island.

It is understood that Higgins in on the same vessel that was the subject of the extensive search earlier this month.

Upon the conclusion of the first rescue effort, Higgins was fined

Police initially responded to witness reports that placed Higgins’ vessel off the coast of Granite Island at around 3pm yesterday.

Speaking to reporters this morning, South Australia Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said that the first search and rescue operation had cost the state around $650,000.

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“There is an element of frustration that the state’s resources are being dedicated to this for the second time,” Commissioner Stevens said.

“It is somewhat disappointing that we are doing this again.”

Anybody who spotted the man or his vessel after 3pm yesterday is being urged to contact the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

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