‘Extremely doubtless’ lacking Queensland fisherman was taken by crocodile

The search continued on Friday with police vessels, State Emergency Service volunteers, the Ingham Coast Guard and fishermen.

The Division of Surroundings and Science stated two wildlife groups have been despatched to the realm to assist police and extra personnel could be deployed.

Local fishermen have also joined the search for the 69-year-old.

Native fishermen have additionally joined the seek for the 69-year-old.Credit score:Queensland Police Service

“Departmental consultants on the bottom have examined the vessel and decided that it’s extremely doubtless crocodile is concerned, nevertheless the precise circumstances and sequence of occasions stay unknown,” the DES assertion stated.

“A seek for the animal is now below means. An incident management room has been established in Townsville. Our ideas are with the household of the lacking man at the moment.”

Police Inspector Andrew Cowie stated the person was an skilled fisherman and his disappearance was a “vital concern”.

The search space was massive round Hinchinbrook and regardless of rain limiting the search efforts, these concerned have been specializing in the shoreline, in addition to native rivers and creeks.

Inspector Cowie stated the person had solely taken a radio with him, no life jacket or EPIRB, however the search operation would proceed “so long as there’s a likelihood that he’s alive”.