Andrew Heard (pictured), 69, disappeared on Thursday afternoon after he went fishing
A lacking fisherman suspected to have been killed by a crocodile after human stays and marks on his dinghy had been discovered has been remembered as a ‘superb man’ by family members.
Andrew Heard, 69, went fishing in Gayundah Creek close to Hinchinbrook Island, northern Queensland, at 3pm on Thursday however didn’t return to his spouse Erica.
Investigators say it is ‘extremely doubtless’ a crocodile killed Mr Heard after his broken boat and human stays had been discovered within the creek on Friday.
Additionally they situated a four-metre lengthy crocodile subsequent to Mr Heard’s dinghy, which has been captured and killed.
Mr Heard’s mates gathered to mourn the fisherman in Cairns on Saturday, together with mates John Stewart and Andy Murray.
‘Everybody’s simply feeling numb and misplaced that such a superb man has gone,’ Mr Stewart advised 9News.
Investigators say it is ‘extremely doubtless’ a crocodile killed Mr Heard after his broken boat and human stays had been discovered on Friday
In the meantime, Mr Murray stated Mr Heard was ‘probably the greatest’ individuals he has ever met.
‘He’d been via rather a lot and he was residing the life that he completely wanted and needed to dwell,’ he advised the broadcaster.
‘What he is left behind is a powerful legacy.’
Mr Heard’s mates additionally revealed the fisherman had fought most cancers.
Mr Heard was solely imagined to be gone for an hour when he went fishing in Gayundah Creek on Thursday.
When he didn’t return, his nervous spouse Erica known as police, prompting them to try to radio him to no response, which in flip sparked a determined search.
Mr Heard’s boat was discovered on Friday morning broken and the other way up in Gayundah Creek on the southwestern facet of the island, situated between Cairns and Townsville.
Footage seen by The Townsville Bulletin reportedly present a big chunk of the dinghy bitten off.
Mr Heard’s good friend John Stewart stated: ‘Everybody’s simply feeling numb and misplaced that such a superb man has gone’
Human stays had been discovered within the space by wildlife officers on Friday night time, the DES and Queensland Police confirmed in a press release.
‘At this stage, police imagine the stays are these of the lacking man, nonetheless forensic testing will likely be required to substantiate this,’ it learn.
A four-metre lengthy crocodile that was situated subsequent to Mr Heard’s dinghy has since been ‘humanely euthanised’.
‘Now we have euthanised a four-metre crocodile that wildlife officers situated close to the place the broken vessel of a person lacking close to Hinchinbrook Island was discovered,’ the Queensland Division of Atmosphere and Science confirmed on Saturuday.
‘The animal has been transported to the mainland the place a necropsy will likely be performed.’
Mr Heard (proper) together with his spouse Erica (center) within the boat he reportedly took fishing on Thursday
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 likely be right here for Erica when she will get again,’ member Dayna Russell stated.
‘He beloved his fishing and he had been battling most cancers. He was a tremendous particular person.
‘He’s very succesful, so (no matter) occurred, it should have been fairly huge croc.’
Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto additionally supplied his condolences in a Fb put up on Saturday.
‘I want to supply our deepest condolences to Erica Lang and Andrew Heard (Andy)’s household and mates throughout this devastating time,’ he wrote.
‘We had been all praying for a miracle as Queensland Water Queensland Police Service, divers, QPWS, native boaties/fishermen and others joined within the search.
‘It saddens me to study this [Saturday] morning that continues to be had been discovered final night time.
‘Andy will likely be dearly missed and will likely be remembered as a prime bloke, God bless.’
Human stays had been discovered within the space by wildlife officers on Friday night time, the DES and Queensland Police confirmed in a press release. Mr Heard is pictured