The 'Point Of Survivability Has Passed' For Missing Toddler
The family of a two-year-old boy missing from a far north Queensland cattle station has been advised by experts that the likelihood of the toddler surviving has expired.
Ruben Scott was last seen near the Koolatah Station homestead, 270 kilometres north of Karumba late Tuesday afternoon.
Emergency crews immediately took to the land and sky in a large-scale search for the young boy, scouring a property with known crocodile habitats.
On Friday, Cape Patrol Inspector Mark Henderson said paediatric experts have advised the family and search crews that the likelihood of the child surviving in the remote conditions had passed.
“It’s with regret last night I had to sit with the family and advise them that the survivability of their son and grandson has now passed," he said.
"However we won't stop. We will continue to try to find young Ruben and bring closure for the family."
Henderson said the search -- which has involved seven helicopters, police officers and divers, SES volunteers, and nearly 20 concerned neighbours -- has covered 1700 square kilometress of the 450,000 acre property.
New divers have arrived to begin searching the lagoon behind the cattle station homestead. The crew of eight divers will be assisted by Environment Protection Authority officers, who will gauge the waterway's level of crocodile infestation.
"[We're] preparing for the worst at the moment," Ruben's grandfather Noel Scott said on Friday, before giving his thanks to a long list of rescue crews and volunteers currently working on the property.
"Hopefully we can find Ruben today."
The two-year-old's mother Natasha Scott said she last saw her "little Ruby" at about 5:45pm on Tuesday.
“I have every person that can help helping to find him," she wrote on Faceook on Thursday.
"I understand all you guys are shocked and worried but please, try to hold back from messaging me. I’m trying to organise heaps of things to help find him and am trying to hold myself together."
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