TIMELINE: Family worry for missing husband, son
WHAT WE KNOW:
- The men, David Chivers, 36, and Matt Roberts, 61, have now been missing for more than 52 hours.
- Trawler owner hires plane to continue search for missing men.
- A CareFlight spokesman said they were waiting on advice from the Hervey Bay water police as to whether the helicopter search would continue today.
- Wreckage of the Cassandra has washed up on Fraser Island.
FAMILY and friends have been praying and thinking for the safety of Gladstone man David Chivers who has been lost at sea since Monday morning.
Search crews have been looking for him and his crewmate Matthew Roberts after their prawn trawler, the Cassandra, was found capsized off Fraser Island.
For two days helicopters and airplanes scoured the waters off Fraser Island for the two men.
At sunset on Tuesday pilots ended their search.
Markwell Fisheries, the owner of the trawler boat, hired a plane yesterday to continue the search for the two men.
A company spokesman said he couldn't comment further on the search effort.
School friend Ehammed Anderson said David was the type of person who would give you the shirt off his back.
"He is a top bloke who always rang up to see how all his friends were doing," he said.
Mr Anderson has spoken to the family and said they wanted their privacy while the search was ongoing.
David's father still lives in Gladstone.
David moved to Bundaberg a few years ago with his wife and stepchildren.
"We call him the gentle giant," Ehammed said.
"All his friends are hoping the best for him. We miss him and if he comes out of this we can't wait to see him.
"If not, farewell to a good mate, a true mate".
He said he was funny too.
"While we are sitting around having a drink he would suddenly pull out a big complicated word," he said.
"We would all look at him and ask him where he got that from.
"He would say he 'saw it on telly and thought I would make it my word of the day'.
"That's the sort of guy he is, funny, gentle and a little weird."
TIMELINE | The search for former Gladstone man David Chivers and his crew mate Matthew Roberts
Monday 3am - trawler is last seen
Monday 6.45am - trawler is found overturned
Monday 7am - helicopter and two boats search
Tuesday 1.30am - plane assists in the search
Tuesday 6.25pm - search called off
Wednesday - trawler owner funds search