The search for missing father of three Andrew Findlay in Watsons Bay has been scaled back as police are giving up hope of finding him alive after a boating accident killed fellow art dealer Tim Klingender

The desperate search continues for a missing father of three, who disappeared after a boating accident killed his art dealer friend.

IT entrepreneur Andrew Findlay, 51, is still missing after the body of 50-year-old Tim Klingender was found in the water of Watsons Bay in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Thursday.

NSW Police officers were seen combing the waters near the headland after debris from their 7.8m brig was found floating near The Gap.

Caves and cliffs around the suburb were searched with a PolAir helicopter hovering near the shore trying to locate more of the boat and Mr Findlay.

Mr Findlay, father of three young children, was the second passenger on the fishing trip, New South Wales Police said.

IT entrepreneur Andrew Findlay, 51, is still missing after his friend and fellow sailor Tim Klingender, 50, was found dead in the water near Watsons Bay on Thursday morning

IT entrepreneur Andrew Findlay, 51, is still missing after his friend and fellow sailor Tim Klingender, 50, was found dead in the water near Watsons Bay on Thursday morning

Mr Klingender's body was found on the shore on the rocks near a small ship that overturned just after 10am on Thursday

Mr Klingender’s body was found on the shore on the rocks near a small ship that overturned just after 10am on Thursday

The tech entrepreneur was known to be an avid fisherman, according to close friends who are eagerly awaiting news of his whereabouts.

“It’s just awful for everyone,” said one of Findlay’s friends the Sydney Morning Herald.

Mr Findlay was loving the water when an old photograph was resurfaced of him and his three children canoeing on Sydney Harbour.

Mr Findlay’s partner, Lakshmi Pillai, declined to comment on the matter when approached by reporters.

On Friday, police were seen abseiling off a cliff at The Gap when they discovered more parts of the wrecked boat.

Ms. Pillai’s friends and family also gathered in the area to support her boyfriend.

The search paused at 5 p.m. Friday and resumed early Saturday as it began to get light.

The Marine Police were contacted around 10:20 am Thursday by citizens who noticed debris floating in the area.

Shortly thereafter, the naked body of Mr. Klingender, wearing only socks on his feet, was found washed up on the rocks near a fallen small vessel.

As of Friday, three Navy boats and a Botany Port Hacking volunteer group had joined efforts to search the area by 8 a.m.

Crews were conducting parallel line searches from The Gap to Wedding Cake Island, just off Coogee, according to NSW Inspector Steve Raymond.

“Sea conditions around the search area are reasonable; “There is a slight swell but visibility is quite good for Marine Rescue NSW search parties,” Raymond told SMH.

The police search of the area was suspended at 5pm on Friday and resumed when the lights came on early Saturday

The police search of the area was suspended at 5pm on Friday and resumed when the lights came on early Saturday

Mr Klingender's death sent shockwaves through the art community, which viewed him as an international leader in Australian Indigenous art

Mr Klingender’s death sent shockwaves through the art community, which viewed him as an international leader in Australian Indigenous art

Mr Klingender’s death sent shockwaves through the art community, which viewed him as an international leader in Australian Indigenous art.

“He is leaving a huge vacuum for Indigenous art in this country and around the world…he was truly the architect of the market we have today,” said D’Lan Davidson, Melbourne-based associate and gallery owner the Daily Telegraph.

His wife, Skye McCardle, will now be the primary caregiver to the couple’s two teenage children.

Ms McCardle was in Nepal when news of her husband’s death broke before immediately returning to Sydney on Friday.

Mr. Klingender worked for Sotheby’s for 20 years, where he also worked between 1998 and 2009 international director.

while he was there established a contemporary art department for Sotheby’s, Australia in 1994 before establishing an Aboriginal art department in 1996.

After retiring from the organization, Mr. Klingender founded Tim Klingender Fine Art in 2009, which followed the strict ethical standards for which he was known in the industry.

The police are now trying to find out why the boat became wrecked and if this was the reason a mechanical failure or whether it has been struck by the elements.

Emma Colton

Janice Dean is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Janice Dean joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: janicedean@wstpost.com.

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