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Two men went missing off the coast of Queensland after separate boat accidents in the midst of major police investigations

Two men went missing off the coast of Queensland after separate boat accidents and despite a major police investigation

  • A major search is underway for two men who are missing off the coast of QLD
  • The police have been looking for a man of 60 years on Yeppoon since Tuesday morning
  • The skipper disappeared into the water on Tuesday at about 3 a.m.
  • Another man was reported missing after his boat drifted from Innisfail

Two men are missing off the coast of Queensland in separate boat accidents while police search the coastline in a major search.

The search has called for water police, voluntary coast guards, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to track down the missing persons.

Despite extensive efforts, the authorities have so far failed to find the missing skippers.

PICTURED: A big search is underway for a man who went missing while trying to protect his drifting boat off the coast of Yeppoon

PICTURED: A big search is underway for a man who went missing while trying to protect his drifting boat off the coast of Yeppoon

A 60-year-old man was missing about 15 km from Yeppoon, east of Rockhampton in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The man disappeared at about 3 o’clock in the morning after he tried to swim in front of a boat dragging his anchor.

He and a 62-year-old friend initially attempted to chase the seven-meter boat in an inflatable dingy before attempting to swim to the boat.

But only the 62-year-old made it and he immediately dropped a torch to warn the authorities.

The police have collected the lifejacket and the inflatable dinghy, but have not discovered any other trace of the missing man.

About 1000 km to the north has been searched again since Tuesday evening for a man missing in the waters off Innisfail.

PICTURED: The police have thrown extensive resources into a search for two men who are missing off the coast of Queensland

PICTURED: The police have thrown extensive resources into a search for two men who are missing off the coast of Queensland

PICTURED: The police have thrown extensive resources into a search for two men who are missing off the coast of Queensland

Authorities started searching around 6.40 pm after a boat from the man was found floating in the mouth of the Johnstone River – a well-known crocodile habitat.

Emergency services have searched a coastline of approximately 250 square nautical miles between South Barnard Islands and Cooper Point.

PICTURED: A major search has called water police, voluntary coast guard, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to track down the missing persons

PICTURED: A major search has called water police, voluntary coast guard, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to track down the missing persons

PICTURED: A major search has called water police, voluntary coast guard, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to track down the missing persons

They have not found any sign of the man so far.

The police urges everyone to contact those who may have witnessed a white 5.6-meter Bar Crusher ship with a maroon stripe and a Suzuki outboard engine around the area on Tuesday.

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