Owner of overturned surfski found safe and well, police say

7.20PM | The owner of a surfski found overturned in floodwaters on the Gold Coast has been found safe and well.

The surfski – which was first described by police as a canoe – was observed overturned near the Birds Road causeway at Guanaba in the Gold Coast Hinterland at around 2pm on Saturday.

Police successfully managed to track down the owner who told investigators his surfski had been washed away after he left it on the river bank.


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“There are no concerns held for the welfare of any person as a result of this incident,” police confirmed in a statement at 7.17pm.

“Police would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance.”

6.30PM | Police are urgently appealing for anyone who recognises a canoe being washed down a river at Guanaba in the Gold Coast hinterland to contact them immediately.

The canoe pictured above, described as an old single person canoe with a green bottom and white top and very pointed ends, was first observed near the Birds Road causeway at Guanaba in the Gold Coast Hinterland around 2pm.

The canoe was empty, sparking fears someone may have been knocked out of it and swept away.

Police released a statement just after 6pm, seeking public assistance to identify the owner and/or point of origin of the canoe.

At this time, no one has been reported missing.

If anyone has information that could assist police they are asked to contact Policelink on 131 444 urgently.