Fisherman’s body found in Port Alma after tragic boat accident

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Tragically, a missing fisherman was found off the coast of central Queensland late Sunday afternoon.

Yeppoon Water Police Senior Constable Grant Kerlin called “Around 5pm this afternoon a friend of the missing person did some patrols and he still found them in the water near the crash site.

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Jed Farraway had been fishing with friends early Sunday when around 7:50am the alarm was sounded that the 28-year-old had gone missing after an apparent accident.

“Be Like Trent Facebook” published that Mr Farraway was last seen at around 7am at the Port Alma boat ramp.

The contribution of Jack Riley said Mr. Farraway’s boat had “probably hit a buoy” and upside down.

Constable Kerlin said the efforts of Mr Farraway’s family and friends, who went out in search boats, were incredible.

“You’ve put a lot of effort into it. We appreciate it. We made sure to speak to everyone we could and thank them for their efforts.”

– Sergeant Kerlin

The search brought together efforts from Coast Guard Yeppoon’s Marine Assist Rescue, Coast Guard Keppel Sands’ CHSS Rescue and Capricorn Rescue Helicopter to search for the missing fisherman.

With unmarked buoys around the Port Alma boat ramp being a point of contention, Yeppoon Water Police will be investigating the incident in cooperation with Maritime Safety Queensland.

A report is prepared for the coroner.

Meanwhile, a man in his 20s, who suffered injuries to his chest, abdomen and leg after the crash, was flown to Rockhampton Hospital in an ambulance.

While a man in his 20s who was being treated for leg and back injuries and a man in his 30s who was being treated for chest, leg and face injuries were also taken to Rockhampton Hospital after the accident.

Police are asking anyone who was in the area or saw the incident to contact authorities.

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