Korean man's body found on Fraser

The body of a Korean tourist who died in Fraser Island’s Lake Wabby (below) is brought back to the mainland at Hervey Bay marina on Saturday.
The body of a Korean tourist who died in Fraser Island’s Lake Wabby (below) is brought back to the mainland at Hervey Bay marina on Saturday. Alistair Brightman

THE body of a 24-year-old Korean tourist was found on Saturday after he went missing while snorkelling in Lake Wabby on Fraser Island on Friday.

Fraser Island Sergeant Roger Williams said the man was presumed to have drowned, but his body had been taken to Hervey Bay by water police for an autopsy.

Sgt Williams yesterday told the Chronicle the man was last seen in the water about 3.20pm on Friday, and the alarm was raised about 4.30pm after a search by a 24-year-old Korean friend and other members of his tour group failed to find him.

He said he conducted a search by torchlight on Friday evening but it wasn’t until police divers arrived on the scene on Saturday that the man’s body was recovered about 12.30pm.

Sgt Williams spoke to the man’s friend of 12 years through an interpreter, who told him that the man was not a strong swimmer.

“As far as we know he had no medical conditions,” he said.

“I don’t think there was anything about the environment that contributed to it.”

Sgt Williams said the man was part of a group of 10 Korean tourists who had arrived on Fraser that day, and their first activity was to walk about 2.5km from the eastern beach to Lake Wabby for a swim.

He said the man had been in Australia since August last year on a working holiday and had been due to return home to Korea at the end of this month.

Sgt Williams said the man’s friend had joined him in Sydney on May 6 and they had been travelling together.

He said the man’s parents in Korea had been advised and they were travelling to Australia.

Sgt Williams said no one had died at Lake Wabby in the four years that he had been on Fraser, but a few people had been airlifted off the Island with spinal injuries after running down sand dunes and jumping into the water.

He said signs warned visitors that the water was deep and of the dangers of running down the sand dunes into the water.

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