Missing boatie found clinging to beacon off Queensland coast

A man has been found clinging to an ocean beacon after falling from his boat on the Sunshine Coast.

A major search operation was launched after an abandoned boat washed ashore between Bribie Island and Caloundra around 4pm on Tuesday afternoon.

A dog was found on the vessel but there was no sign of any people on board.


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The 64-year-old was found around 7pm clinging to the beacon after swimming more than 2 kilometres and flagging down a passing boat.

It’s understood the man fell overboard while trying to secure something on the vessel.

Police say the man was not suffering any significant injuries.

Crews will attempt to salvage the vessel today.

PHOTO: RACQ LIFEFLIGHT

 

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