North Stradbroke Island, Queensland: surf skier, 26, missing at sea

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Heartbreaking family of missing surf skier, 26, who disappeared in shark-infested waters, arrives from New Zealand – as his buddy reveals his troubling latest sighting

  • 26-year-old Jordan Kelly went missing while surfing with a friend at Brisbane
  • The pair got divorced in waters around North Stradbroke Island on Saturday
  • Mr Kelly’s family has since flown in from New Zealand as the search continues

Distraught relatives of a missing paddler have arrived in Queensland as a helicopter, a fleet of ships and crews on land continue to search for him off the coast of Brisbane.

Police fear 26-year-old Jordan Kelly who was separated from his buddy Jack McDonald as they paddled their surf skis around North Stradbroke Island on Saturday.

Both ended up in the water when Mr. McDonald’s ski began to sink. The 28-year-old has told police that his friend Jordan “slipped out” after the exhaustion began.

Mr. McDonald was able to paddle to safety and arrive at Amity Point Wharf on the island around 8pm, about seven hours after they got into trouble.

The aerial search for 26-year-old Jordan Kelly (right), who disappeared on a surf-ski trip around Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay, Queensland, continues.

The men, both in their mid-twenties, were reported missing after failing to return from surfing at North Stradbroke Island between Dunwich and Cylinder Beach.

The men, both in their mid-twenties, were reported missing after failing to return from surfing at North Stradbroke Island between Dunwich and Cylinder Beach.

On Monday, police were unable to confirm media reports that the second ski had been found in the ocean.

The search continues with the help of a helicopter and a dozen ships. Other teams control the coastlines of North Stradbroke and the nearby Moreton Islands.

Members of Mr. Kelly’s family have arrived from New Zealand, with others on the way.

Police have shared Mr McDonald’s account of what happened.

He told authorities they were leaving from Dunwich, on the mainland side of the island, and planned to paddle around the top of the island to Cylinder Beach, on the ocean side, before going back again.

But around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Mr. McDonald’s ski started to sink.

Jordan drove over to help him. They both held that ski until it got dark, that they just got weak and tired from being in the water and unfortunately Jordan slipped away, ”said Acting Senior Sergeant Mitch Gray.

The men were not wearing life jackets and sea conditions on the exposed side of the island were dangerous, he said.

“As time goes on, we certainly become more and more concerned that we won’t have a happy ending to this scenario.”

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