Swimmer's Body Found 24 Hours After He Was Spotted Struggling In Ocean
The body of a missing swimmer was located at sea one day after he got into difficulty in waters off Margate, Queensland.
After a search that involved POLAIR, water police and officers on foot scouring the waterline, the man's body was found one kilometre from Woody Point, in Moreton Bay on Friday at 5.20pm.
He was last seen leaving Georgina Street at 5pm on Thursday, and information provided to police revealed he then visited the Woody Point Jetty.
The 34-year-old was reported missing to police after a woman spotted a man waving his arms in waters half a kilometre offshore around 6.30pm, and then lost sight of him.
Another witness who was fishing on Woody Point Jetty reported a man swimming in the same vicinity around 4pm.
A Queensland Police spokesperson told 10 daily the man's body still needs to be positively identified, but "it is believed to be him" -- referring to the photograph police released earlier this week.
Police confirmed on Saturday they had found the unidentified man's body and would prepare a report for the Coroner.
Almost 250 people drowned in Australian waterways last year, according to the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2018.
Nineteen percent of those fatal incidents were at the beach, with 60 reported cases in QLD.
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