Owner of empty canoe found in Moreton Bay comes forward

UPDATE @ 09.00AM: Police have managed to find the owner of an empty canoe found drifting through waters in Moreton Bay on Monday morning.

The canoe, which was full of fresh bait and fishing roads, was found floating in waters near South West Rocks on Peel Island.

Police launched an immediate online appeal to try and find the owner.


A major land, air and sea search also commenced, with fears the occupant may have fallen overboard.

Police confirmed on Tuesday morning the owner loaded the canoe ready for fishing on Sunday and left it on the beach whilst he dropped his wife to work.

When he returned the canoe was gone and he thought it had been stolen.

He had not reported it to police.

Police would like to thank the public and volunteers who assisted in the search.

EARLIER @ 6.45am: The search for the owner of an empty canoe found carrying fresh bait and fishing rods in Moreton Bay will continue today.

Police launched a massive search after the canoe was found floating in waters near South West Rocks on Peel Island on yesterday morning.

Up to a dozen boats and three helicopters searched the area.

Police are still unsure if anyone had fallen out of the canoe or if it had floated away from a camp site.

Search and rescue mission coordinator Sergeant Daniel Moyle has urged anyone with information to come forward.

“We’re conducting inquiries and appealing to the public if anyone may be out in a canoe fishing who hasn’t returned, or if they have lost a canoe in that area to contact Police Link or their local police station,” he said.

The search was put on hold at sunset and is set to resume at first light on Tuesday, a Queensland Police spokesman said.