No sign of shipwrecked pair

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Searchers expect the worst for two missing sailors after their yacht was found devastated off an uninhabited Tongan island almost a week ago.

Teams have found no sign of Australian sailors Ian Thompson from Adelaide and Erwin Claus from Victoria despite ramping up efforts with searchers scouring the island of Late, west of Vava'u.

It is expected the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand will review the case and likely suspend the search after a string of failed aerial, land and boat operations.

A spokeswoman told the Herald Sun that extensive efforts from emergency crews since the alarm was raised last Thursday night had left rescuers irked by the lack of progress.

Click here for the full report by the Herald Sun and click here for a report by the Australian ABC News.