There are grave fears a fisherman missing in North Queensland for 24 hours may have been taken by a saltwater crocodile.
A major search operation is continuing for the 69-year-old, who failed to return home from a fishing trip in the Hinchinbrook Island area yesterday.
It’s understood the man’s wife raised the alarm after her husband left for Gayundah Creek around 3pm and said he would be back an hour later.
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When he failed to show and couldn’t be contacted via radio, she became concerned and called police.
The man’s damaged 2.5 metre dingy was located upside down near the mouth of the Gayundah Creek around 2.30am this morning, but the man was nowhere to be seen.
According to the Queensland Department for the Environment, Land and Water, the damage to the vessel appears to be consistent with that of a crocodile.
“Departmental experts on the ground have examined the vessel and determined that it is highly likely that a crocodile is involved, however, the exact circumstances and sequence of events remain unknown,” the department said in a statement released this afternoon.
“A search for the animal is now underway.
“Our thoughts are with the family of the missing man at this time.”
Searching continues on the water for a man missing at Hinchinbrook Island. pic.twitter.com/FJLxe5peK1
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) February 12, 2021