Desperate search continues for missing Qld fisherman

The search for a Queensland fisherman missing in waters off Brisbane will resume at first light today.

Trent Riley was reported missing on Wednesday after he failed to return home from a day out fishing.

The 26-year-old’s tinnie was found with its motor still running off Mud Island later that afternoon, however, there has been no sign of him since.


Acting Detective Inspector Mark Mooney said one of three fishing rods was still yet to be located, and that police were also searching for Mr Riley’s phone.

“We believe he’s gone fishing with three fishing rods, and there’s now two left in the boat,” Inspector Mooney said.

“His mobile phone is also missing from the boat, also his waterproof bag, that he would take if he left voluntarily overboard, is still in the boat.”

Police admit they hold “grave concerns” for the young man’s safety, and that their “thoughts are with Trent’s family at this difficult time”.

Trent’s brother Shannon told reporters on Friday that the family is holding onto hope.

“Trent is a survivor and we don’t want anyone to think that it’s not going to happen because the impossible has happened before and it will happen again,” Shannon Riley said.

“We have hope, we have massive hope… He’s very experienced in the boat, he loves fishing.”

Search efforts will continue throughout the weekend and into next week with the assistance of volunteer marine rescue organisations, search and rescue helicopters and external agencies.

“Water Police appreciate members of the public efforts in conducting their own search for Trent, however request that they don’t place themselves in any danger so police can focus their efforts on the continuing search,” Qld Police said.

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