Elderly church friends die on fishing trip

Alexandra Patrikios and Jim Morton

A regular trip out on the water has turned to tragedy for two elderly fishing buddies on the central Queensland coast.

The bodies of Jack McGlynn, 89, and long-time church friend Mavis Simons, 90, were found north of Bundaberg after they went missing from an early morning fishing trip on Monday.

The pair set out off in a tinnie at Baffle Creek but Mr McGlynn's body was found on Monday afternoon by another angler, while a helicopter search located Ms Simons on Tuesday morning after their upturned boat was spotted.

Queensland Police Inspector Patrick Swindells said Ms Simons' body was found washed out on the tide at nearby Rules Beach.

"It's extremely sad and distressing. Out fishing for the day and it's turned into tragedy," he said.

"It's a very stark reminder for people to be safe on the water."

Both were remembered as friendly and warm people by their parish priest, Father John Daly, who said they would be sorely missed.

"Jack would hand out all of the bulletins," the St Mary's Catholic priest told the Bundaberg News Mail.

"He was very friendly, well liked and a very a spiritual man. Mavis was a lovely lady and her and Jack were good family friends."

Police are investigating what went wrong and said there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances.