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Search for missing fisherman suspended

November 30, 2023 10:19 am in by
(Supplied Qld Police)

Police have suspended the search for a 43-year-old Glasshouse Mountains man missing in waters off the Sunshine Coast since last Sunday.

An extensive search and rescue operation continued for three days after the man failed to return from a solo fishing trip.

Aerial searching was suspended on Tuesday afternoon.

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His 5 metre boat was found abandoned around two nautical miles off Comboyuro Point at the northern end of Moreton Island on Monday however, all subsequent search efforts have failed to locate him.

Sunshine Coast District Search and Rescue Coordinator, Senior Constable Murray Lyons, said the outcome was heart-breaking for the family of the missing man.

“Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to locate the man and bring him home to his loved ones,” Senior Constable Lyons said.

“We have liaised closely with his family and discussed the sad news regarding the likelihood of survival and they have asked for privacy during this difficult time.”

The missing man’s family, and the Queensland Police Service, acknowledges the contribution of all those involved in the search, including volunteers and the community.

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