PICTURED: Lacking fisherman who disappeared in crocodile-infested waters greater than 24-hours in the past is recognized
- Andrew Heard, 69, was fishing at about 3pm on Thursday in Gayundah Creek
- When he did not come again residence, spouse Erica knowledgeable police at 8.30pm Thursday
- Search is underway for Mr Heard who’s feared to have been eaten by crocodile
- Mr Heard’s upturned 2m dinghy has been discovered with a big chunk bitten off
Andrew Heard (pictured), 69, disappeared on Thursday afternoon after he went fishing
A lacking fisherman who’s feared to have been eaten by a crocodile has been recognized.
Andrew Heard, 69, went fishing in Gayundah Creek close to Hinchinbrook Island, northern Queensland, at about 3pm on Thursday.
He was due again after an hour however did not return and his spouse Erica referred to as police.
Officers could not attain him by radio they usually started to go looking the realm.
Police discovered Mr Heard’s upturned boat at about 2.30am on Friday, however have discovered no different signal of him.
Ren Bone, from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service mentioned the evaluation of injury to the boat on Friday is in line with that of a crocodile.
Nevertheless, the precise circumstances of occasions stay unknown.
Mr Heard (proper) together with his spouse Erica (center) within the boat he reportedly took fishing on Thursday
Police maintain considerations because of the environmental circumstances within the space, with boats and plane getting used within the search, together with SES personnel.
‘The search is specializing in coastlines and creeks, nevertheless we’re additionally taking a look at searches by means of the water as effectively,’ Inspector Andrew Cowie mentioned.
‘We will proceed looking out till we’ve got gotten knowledgeable proof to point that is not viable or we discover him.
‘So long as there’s an opportunity that he’s alive the search will proceed.’
Inspector Cowie mentioned Mr Heard was an skilled boatie, however had no security tools with him aside from his radio.
Photos seen by The Townsville Bulletin reportedly present a big chunk of the dinghy bitten off. It is believed the harm was brought on by a crocodile.
An enormous search is underway to seek out Mr Heard (pictured) who’s feared to have been eaten by a crocodile
Mr Heard is a lifelong member of the Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron, who’re devastated about his disappearance.
‘The membership is actually gutted. Everybody will probably be right here for Erica when she will get again,’ member Dayna Russell mentioned.
‘He beloved his fishing and he had been battling most cancers. He was an incredible individual.
‘He’s very succesful, so (no matter) occurred, it will need to have been fairly massive croc.’
Anybody who visits the realm is urged to maintain an eye fixed out for something unusual or uncommon.