Growing concern about the missing Brisbane fisherman as police notice his empty boat driving uncontrolled

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Fear of a young fisherman who is lost at sea when his boat is sailing through the water without anyone on board

  • Trent Riley, 26, is believed to have fallen overboard while fishing in Moreton Bay
  • The police were alerted to his empty boat around 3.30 pm on Wednesday afternoon
  • Ten ships and three helicopters continue the search for the missing fisherman
  • Friends who have joined the quest say Trent is a strong swimmer and surfer

The desperate search for a young fisherman is underway after police discovered his empty boat was still circling on the water.

Trent Riley, 26, is said to have been fishing in Moreton Bay near Brisbane harbor when he fell overboard on Wednesday afternoon.

Queensland police found his small aluminum ‘can’ circling Mud Island ‘uncontrollably’ around 3:30 pm.

Trent Riley, 26, is believed to have been fishing in Moreton Bay, near Brisbane Harbor, when he fell overboard on Wednesday afternoon

Water police, with the help of Volunteer Marine Rescue and the Coast Guard, immediately began a search.

At least 10 ships and three helicopters joined the search, which continued into the night and resumed at first light on Thursday morning.

Trent’s friends who took part in the search told us 7 News that he was a strong swimmer and surfer, so maybe he made it back on land.

The young fisherman posted two short clips to his Instagram stories on Wednesday, showing followers his fishing rod and the seemingly calm water in the bay.

He is described as white, about 183 cm tall, ‘evenly’ built with a fair complexion and brown hair.

At the time, he was believed to be wearing a gray long-sleeved fisherman’s shirt, black jeans and shoes, and a bucket hat.

Queensland police were called to a small aluminum boat driving 'uncontrollably' from Mud Island around 3:30 PM

Queensland police were called to a small aluminum boat driving ‘uncontrollably’ from Mud Island around 3:30 PM

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