Three days have passed.
Two families have had their hearts broken.
One family has been left waiting, desperate for any news of what happened to their beloved brother, son and friend.
Bree-Anna Thomas, Isaiah Dixon and Thomas Courto set out on a 17 foot boat on Monday afternoon, where they were last seen alive anchored at Boat Harbour. They have not returned alive.
Police discovered the bodies of Bree-Anna Thomas and one of the young men about 1pm on Wednesday.
Inspector Steve Jones addressed the media later that afternoon, and said the bodies had been located by two Westpac helicopters, about 200 metres apart near Fossil Bluff.
"For the searchers a lot of them were relieved to get an answer," he said.
"But it's always difficult to deliver bad news that we haven't found people alive."
He said police would continue searching for the remaining man by sea and by air, as well as by land east of Fossil Bluff.
"We always hold hope that we are going to find people alive, and that's what we're going to continue to do," he said.
"Unfortunately today that didn't result. We're certainly going to put all our efforts into trying to locate the third person."
The boat has also not been found, and Inspector Jones said "rigorous testing" would be undertaken once it was in order to try and "find an answer for the families as to what happened".
He said in the meantime the two bodies had been lifted by helicopter and taken to the Wynyard airport, where they were identified by family members and then flown to a Launceston mortuary for examination.
Inspector Jones revealed the information shortly after he and Inspector Adrian Shadbolt informed the large group of family and friends gathered at the Wynyard Boat Ramp of the discovery.
Many in the group reached out to each other for tearful hugs at the news, leaning into each other as the grief came crashing down in full.
The police officer said the news had been difficult to deliver, but that the families were grateful for the way the Coast - and Wynyard in particular - had gathered around them in solidarity.
"I would like to thank the community and all of the searchers thus far who have assisted. It's been very, very tiresome," he said.
"We'll be putting our minds together over what happens from here and what assets we'll be putting in."
Day two of the search had involved an expansive area in excess of 2000 square kilometres, which Inspector Jones said had allowed police to then hone in on a more specific area.
He said police could "only hope" the third person would be found in the coming days.
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