Missing Queensland fisherman believed to have been taken by crocodile

Kamilia Palu
·News Editor
·1-min read

A man who disappeared while fishing in Far North Queensland is believed to be the victim of a crocodile attack.

The 69-year-old man went fishing around 3pm on Thursday in Gayundah Creek in the Hinchinbrook Island area and was expected to return an hour later.

When he didn't come home, the man's wife called police.

A search operation commenced on Thursday night and in the early hours of Friday morning the man's two-metre boat was found overturned and damaged.

The man was fishing in a creek on Hinchinbrook Island when he disappeared. Source: Getty/File
The man was fishing in a creek on Hinchinbrook Island when he disappeared. Source: Getty/File

At 5am on Friday morning, police requested assistance from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

"We believe it's highly likely that a crocodile is involved in the disappearance of a man missing off Hinchinbrook Island. We're working with @QldPolice to investigate the matter. The exact circumstances & sequence of events remain unknown," Queensland Environment posted on Twitter.

The man is yet to be located.

Two wildlife teams are continuing the search and further resources will be sent in to help today.

Experts who examined the man's boat believe it's
Experts who examined the man's boat believe it's "highly likely" he has been taken by a crocodile. Source: Getty (File)/Google Maps

After examining the damaged boat, experts believe it is "highly likely" that a crocodile is involved.

A search for the animal is now underway.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the missing man at this time," the Queensland Government said in a statement.

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