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Mother's body found after going missing from Sydney boat

Body found ... police rescue at the scene where a woman went missing.

Body found ... police rescue at the scene where a woman went missing. Photo: Nick Moir

Police have recovered the body of a mother of two who is believed to have fallen overboard from a boat moored in Rose Bay in Sydney’s east.

The 49-year-old woman’s husband woke at 2am on Monday to find his wife missing from the vessel, which is believed to have been moored in preparation for Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Search ... police at the scene.

Search ... police at the scene. Photo: Nick Moir

The woman is believed to have fallen overboard at night.

A large-scale search was immediately launched for the woman, however that was called off at 6.30am when a woman’s body was discovered in the water about 200 metres east of the Rose Bay wharf.

‘‘The deceased is yet to be formally identified, but it is believed to be the missing woman,’’ a police spokesman said.

‘‘A post-mortem examination will be conducted in coming days to determine a cause of death.’’

The woman had previously been seen by her husband and two children, a boy and girl aged nine and 12, at midnight before they left her on deck to go to bed.

When the woman’s husband got up during the night he discovered she was missing and phoned triple-0 and a search was launched involving local command officers, water police and the police helicopter.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and a rescue boat from a nearby surf club also scoured the area.

Stephen Leahy, CEO of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, said the boat was moored about 200 metres off shore and a small inflatable boat, used to reach the shore, was still attached to the back of the woman’s vessel.

‘‘The suggestion is that she has fallen overboard,’’ he said.

‘‘Her husband got up and found her missing and then has called triple-0.’’

He said police officers also walked along the shoreline searching for the woman.

The boat has been towed to Balmain for forensic testing.

Police could not say whether the woman and her family were tourists.

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