Fears develop as search operations scale down for a fisherman who went lacking off the Queensland coast final week.
Queensland police have scaled down a significant rescue operation for an avid fisherman who went lacking off the Townsville coast three days in the past.
Colin Palmer, 41, and his good friend, 45, have been out boating at Cleveland Bay when a wave out of the blue knocked them each overboard on Friday night time.
The pair have been unable to get again to their boat and tried to swim in direction of shore once they out of the blue turned separated within the darkness.
Mr Palmer and his 4 metre boat haven’t been seen since.
Mr Palmer’s good friend was rescued after a industrial fishing vessel noticed him within the early hours of Saturday morning.
Air, land and sea search events swept throughout Cleveland Bay, Palm Island and Magnetic Island over the weekend.
Authorities introduced the search would reduce on Tuesday because of diminished sources.
“The search for missing fisherman Colin Palmer will continue tomorrow with a reduced number of resources,” a police assertion mentioned.
Senior Sergeant Robert Dusha mentioned authorities have been stilling “holding out hope” of discovering Mr Palmer.
“We’ve covered this area extensively and very, very thoroughly, and we will continue to do so for the sake of the family to help them come to some answers as to what has taken place,” he mentioned.
Those concerned within the search included volunteer Marine Rescue, Maritime Safety Queensland, Surf Life Saving, SES and members of the general public.
“We’re searching for any evidence of this gentlemen or any evidence that could assist us in locating him and the boat.” Mr Dusha mentioned.
“There is a possibility a boat could sink out there, but I’m not sure if that has happened or not.”
Police haven’t confirmed if Mr Palmer had been carrying a life jacket on the time of the incident.
Family and mates who’re “praying for a miracle” took to social media to share their devastation.
“It’s too hard to even think about,” one consumer wrote.
“He would give anyone the shirt off his back,” one other wrote.
The incident follows the tragic loss of life of Jed Farraway, 28, who fell overboard when the boat he was on struck a marker buoy in waters off Port Alma close to Rockhampton a month in the past.
The physique of the Central Queensland fisherman was discovered after an intensive search operation involving water police coast guard, the RACQ rescue helicopter and police divers.
Three different males have been rescued, together with a person in his 20s who was flown to Rockhampton hospital in a severe however steady situation.
They have all since recovered from their bodily accidents.
Tributes flowed on-line, with household and mates describing Mr Farraway as an “Aussie larrikin” with “character”.
Anyone who has seen a white Quintrex Coast Runner with registration RD806Q is urged to return ahead to police because the search continues for Mr Palmer.