Wild Cattle Creek with Broadacres ramp in the middle.
Wild Cattle Creek with Broadacres ramp in the middle. CONTRIBUTED

Jet skiing death doesn't appear to be suspicious: police

UPDATE 11.45AM: While post-mortem examinations are yet to be concluded, Gladstone detectives believe the death of a 53-year-old man is not suspicious, after his body was recovered deep in mangroves in Wild Cattle Creek early on Sunday morning.

Detective Sergeant Chris Lindsay said a search and rescue operation had been undertaken, with a co-ordinated approach from SES and local Volunteer Marine Rescue staff, after the New Zealand-born man was reported missing at 2pm on Saturday.

"There was a SAR-type, co-ordinated response from SES and VMR and the SES-type search from Tannum which continued through the night," Det Sgt Lindsay said.

"The deceased was located a short distance from the Wild Cattle Creek boat ramp, on the national park side."

The Gladstone CIB detective said while an official cause of death would not be known until the post mortem was finalised, possibly by Tuesday, at this stage circumstances surrounding the death did not appear to be suspicious.

EARLIER: A Tannum Sands man was found dead early Sunday morning after he went jet skiing in his local area on Saturday.

The 53-year-old man was reported as a missing person at 2pm on Saturday.

His body was eventually found in thick mangroves at Wild Cattle Creek after emergency service crews searched for nearly 12 hours.

A full-scale rescue operation was activated with water police, coast guard crews and a rescue helicopter searching the area.

Gladstone's Acting Sergeant Peter Stone said the cause of the man's death was unknown.

"He was located at a south boat ramp in Wild Cattle Creek after we searched for him all night," the officer said.

The body was found about 1am on Sunday.

Gladstone police are investigating and will prepare a report for the coroner.

Map showing Wild Cattle Creek. Source: https://maps.google.com.au
Map showing Wild Cattle Creek. Source: https://maps.google.com.au Source: https://maps.google.com.au


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