Sergeant Jeff Barnett and Constable Matt Habermann from Gladstone Water Police search for a missing man in the Dawson River at Baralaba.
Sergeant Jeff Barnett and Constable Matt Habermann from Gladstone Water Police search for a missing man in the Dawson River at Baralaba. The Morning Bulletin

Dive squad joins search

THE Brisbane Dive Squad will join the search for a man who went missing in the Dawson River on Monday night.

Police conducted a feasibility study to determine whether to bring in the dive squad to help with the effort, which will continue this morning.

Sergeant Jeff Barnett of the Gladstone Water Police said the Brisbane-based dive squad had a side-scan sonar device for a boat which may be able to help locate the man in the area he was suspected of being in at the time of his disappearance.

Sgt Barnett said they made inquiries with the Bureau of Meteorology to discuss the flow of water before making a determination to bring in the squad.

The search for the 43-year-old north Queensland man resumed yesterday at 7am, and an extended search was conducted north of the weir.

He apparently got into trouble crossing the river after not being able to make it back across a flooded bridge by car.

Another man was pulled to safety by a fisherman staying at a nearby camping ground.

Sgt Barnett said re-enactments they had performed suggested the man may be found close to where he was last seen, floating towards the Neville Hewitt Weir.

Air, water and land searches have been unable to find any sign of the man.

The man, believed to be from Cairns, had been working as a fencing contractor for Remote Building Solutions at Woorabinda and residing with a co-worker.

After hearing the news of the man’s disappearance, locals were shocked, as they had found him friendly, polite and willing to integrate into the town.

The Baralaba-Woorabinda Road became flooded following 100mm of rainfall in the area.



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