Tributes flow after search for Queensland fisherman ends in tragedy

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Friends and family have paid tribute to the 28-year-old fisherman who died after being flung from a boat off the coast of Queensland this weekend.

Police believe Jed Farraway, 28, fell overboard after his boat struck an object, while he was out at sea at Port Alma, in the Rockhampton region on Sunday morning.

At the time of the collision, three other men were on board the boat and they were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

Following an extensive search operation, his body was found on Sunday at around 5pm.

Jed Farraway's body was found after an extensive search effort on Sunday.
Jed Farraway's body was found after an extensive search effort on Sunday. Source: Facebook

Members of the public joined the search for Mr Farraway and the Courier Mail reported his body was found by a friend.

“Around 5pm this afternoon, a friend of the missing person was doing some patrols and he’s located him still in the water near where the crash site was,” Senior Constable Grant Kerlin from Yeppoon water police reportedly said.

He added that many of Mr Farraway's friends and family joined the search, bringing their own boats to help the authorities.

Friends have paid tribute to Mr Farraway on social media, saying he "lived life to the fullest" and remarked how kind he was.

Jed Farraway was on a boat with three other men at the time of the collision. Source: 7News
Jed Farraway was on a boat with three other men at the time of the collision. Source: 7News

"This one hits the heart," one tribute said.

"You were an absolute legend, give ya shirt off to anyone that needed it. Rest Easy my brother. Thanks for being you."

"Rest In Peace buddy taken way too young you were the nicest and maddest unit I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, you’ll be missed by many, fly high legend," another friend wrote.

Queensland Police said there will be an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

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