Body found near Fraser Island

A MAN'S body, believed to be that of a fisherman who went missing on Friday night, has been found near Fraser Island.

It is understood the man, aged 25 years, fell overboard while trying to fix the boat's motor. His friend jumped in to help, but both were swept away.

They had been anchored near Fraser Island.

Police were yet to formally identify the body, which was found by water police about 10.30am yesterday.

Police, SES, Volunteer Marine Rescue crews and the AGL Action Rescue helicopter, conducted an extensive air and sea search of the waterway between the island and the mainland on Saturday and Sunday, after the two Maryborough men were swept from their five-metre tinny about midnight on Friday.

The Tin Can Bay Coastguard spent a long Sunday searching for the man, who went missing just below the mouth of the Mary River.

Commander Harley Moss said the Sandy Straits Coastguard spent two days searching for the man lost in shark-infested waters.

"It was a major job," he said.

"There's hundreds of creeks and islands surrounded by mangroves.

"We had one vessel and a support vessel to get in close in the shallow water. We finished searching when it was dark."

The tinnie was recovered by police on Saturday.

The 31-year-old man who jumped into the water to help his friend was rescued by crews aboard an anchored yacht just south of Fraser Island's Kingfisher Bay Resort about 3am Saturday.

Despite being in the water for up to three hours, the rescued man was not injured, an ambulance spokesman said.

He was taken to Hervey Bay hospital as a precaution and released later that day.

Police said neither man had been wearing a life jacket.

Gympie Times

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