Gladstone business' 'hunt' for 'lost' cruise tourist

"I'M GEOFF. When lost or drunk, return to Lynn at cabin 9159."

The sign, which was hanging around the neck of an elderly P&O Cruise passenger when he disembarked at Gladstone's port on Tuesday, has sparked a nation-wide "hunt" for the tourist, led by fan-girls of Gladstone clothing store T Leaf.

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The elderly tourist, said to have the charisma of Burt Reynolds and the humour of Paul Hogan, made such an impression on T Leaf's owner Karen Stoneley at her Feast on East market stall that she called on her "thousands" of Instagram and Facebook followers to find him.

"He just made my day. I just thought everyone needs to have a Geoff in their life. He was just an all-round hilarious guy," she said.

"He was awesome. "Hundreds of people were trying to find him.

"They even had security looking for him on the boat."

The Pacific Jewel docked at Gladstone. Snodgerpics / Instagram
The Pacific Jewel docked at Gladstone. Snodgerpics / Instagram

Ms Stoneley, who shut her Sun Valley store for the day to set up a Feast on East stall, has been bombarded with Facebook messages with clues to where Geoff might be.

Young ladies on the boat, who became T Leaf-girl fans on their stop in Gladstone, led the search, with one, Sandra Hadley, posting: "He's on the Jewel!!! He was just at the Wharf Tavern at Mooloolaba!

"He may be on one of the tender boats back to the ship. We'll tell security to check if it's him."

"Has anyone found Geoff yet?" Nicola McCartie wrote.

Finally Oliver Diesel posted to T Leaf's wall a photo of Geoff.

He's thumbs up and still wearing the iconic name-tag that sparked the search.

Geoff is found on the cruise ship.
Geoff is found on the cruise ship.

Ms Stoneley admits Geoff may have been a little "overwhelmed" by the hysteria.

"He'll probably end up a celebrity out of this," she said.

And Ms Stoneley, who said she sells about 50%, "and growing", of her stock online to customers outside of Gladstone, concedes she, too, didn't do too badly out of the hunt for Geoff.



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