The search for 60-year-old Gary Flower who went missing in the Keppel Islands has been scaled back.
The search for 60-year-old Gary Flower who went missing in the Keppel Islands has been scaled back.

UPDATE: Water search scaled back for missing Dysart man

UPDATE FRIDAY 5PM: 60-YEAR-OLD Dysart man Gary Flowers remains lost at sea as water police continue to search the area. 

A spokesman from Queensland police said the search area would be scaled back to shoreline and beach patrols. 

UPDATE FRIDAY 10AM: THE search for 60-year-old Gary Flower who went missing in the Keppel Islands has been scaled back.

His family has issued a heart-felt thanks to police along with the search and rescue personnel involved in the extensive search for their much-loved family member from Dysart.

Gary was last seen in the early hours of Tuesday morning (January 14) in Keppel Bay.

A sea, air and land search operation spanning in excess of 125 square nautical miles of his last known whereabouts has been unsuccessful in locating him.

Water police will continue to search tomorrow and shoreline and beach patrols will be conducted.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QI2000093537

UPDATE THURSDAY 4.30PM: THE FAMILY of missing man Gary Flower is preparing for the worst as the ocean search wraps up for the third day.

The 60-year-old man from Dysart was reported missing on January 14 after he and a 62-year-old Yeppoon man attempted to swim to their seven-metre vessel which was dragging its anchor near Conical Rocks, north of North Keppel Island around 3am.

Earlier today police released Mr Flowers name to the public.

Acting Senior Sergeant Amanda Warby read a prepared statement from Mr Flower's family. 

READ: Family of Dysart man lost at sea prepare for worst

UPDATE THURSDAY 2.10PMTHE Courier Mail has confirmed that missing Dysart man Gary Flower was a popular acting principal at Dysart State School until his retirement.

There was a grassroots campaign by parents and students to keep Mr Flower at the school was started when the decision was made not to appoint him on a permanent basis.

ONGOING SEARCH: Retired Dysart State School principal Gary Flower, 62, is still missing in the waters north of the Keppel Island Group.
ONGOING SEARCH: Retired Dysart State School principal Gary Flower, 62, is still missing in the waters north of the Keppel Island Group.

  Mr Flower retired in 2015 after his role at the school finished.   Police have said the search - involving water police, the coast guard and a helicopter - would be extended further north to account for currents and the wind.

UPDATE THURSDAY 9.10AM: POLICE searching for the missing man off North Keppel Island have released the man's name.

The search for Gary Flower from Dysart will continue today using both ocean and air assets.

UPDATE THURSDAY 7.45AM: QUEENSLAND Police have confirmed that search for a 60-year-old man missing in waters off North Keppel Island will continue on today.

Yesterday's search concluded at last light with air and sea assets searching an area in excess of 125sqnm north west of the man's last known location.

Today, the search area will be extended further north to account for prevailing currents and wind.

Conditions are expected to be favourable.

The search will again involve water police and coast guard vessels, as well as helicopter support from RACQ LifeFlight.

The man, from Dysart, was reported missing on January 14 after he and a 62-year-old Yeppoon man attempted to swim to their seven-metre vessel which was dragging its anchor near Conical Rocks at around 3am.

MISSING MAN: A search is underway to find a man missing near Pleasant (Conical) Island, north of the Keppel Island Group.
MISSING MAN: A search is underway to find a man missing near Pleasant (Conical) Island, north of the Keppel Island Group.

Police remain in constant contact with the man's family, working together during this difficult time.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QI2000093537

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 4.20PM: Rescue crews are still searching for a 60-year-old Dysart man who went missing near North Keppel Island yesterday. 

The search has expanded further north from the area that was being searched this morning: an area in excess of 125sqnm north west of the man's last known location off Conical Rocks. 

Yeppoon and Gladstone Water Police, Yeppoon Coast Guards and the Rescue 300 chopper are a part of the search crew.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 9.20AM: IN their latest statement, Queeensland Police have confirmed the search was continuing for a Dysart man who went missing near North Keppel Island yesterday.

"The search continues for a 60-year-old man missing in waters off North Keppel Island with Queensland Police coordinating air and sea assets," the QPS statement said.

"Search conditions remain favourable and encompass an area in excess of 125sqnm north west of the man's last known location.

SEARCH ONGOING: The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Helicopter has been scouring the Capricorn Coast to find the missing 60-year-old man.
SEARCH ONGOING: The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Helicopter has been scouring the Capricorn Coast to find the missing 60-year-old man.

"Today's search involves Water Police and Coast Guard vessels, as well as helicopter support from RACQ LifeFlight.

"The man, from Dysart, was reported missing yesterday (January 14) after he and a 62-year-old Yeppoon man attempted to swim to their seven-metre vessel which was dragging its anchor near Conical Rocks at around 3am."

Police confirmed the 62-year-old made it to the vessel, however the 60-year-old man failed to reach the boat.

"Local police remain in contact with the man's family during this difficult time," the said.

If you have any information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. Quote this reference number: QP2000094745

 

UPDATE 8AM: QUEENSLAND Police have confirmed the search was ongoing for the 60-year-old man missing in the waters near the Keppel Island Group.

More details were expected to be released this morning regarding an expanded search area.

 

TUESDAY 3.50PM: More details were revealed in a police press conference in Yeppoon. READ: Men used inflatable raft in retrieval effort gone wrong

 

TUESDAY 10.30AM: PLANS are being discussed to expand a search currently underway to find a man lost at sea in the Keppel Island Group early this morning.

Officer in charge of Yeppoon police, Acting Senior Sargent Amanda Warby said two men, were staying on the beach at Pleasant (Conical) Island, north of North Keppel Island when they noticed their anchored seven-metre vessel was dragging its anchor near Conical Rocks.

MISSING MAN: A search is underway to find a man missing near Pleasant (Conical) Island, north of the Keppel Island Group.
MISSING MAN: A search is underway to find a man missing near Pleasant (Conical) Island, north of the Keppel Island Group.

They became separated when they attempted to swim out to retrieve the vessel around 3am.

One of the men, a 62-year-old made it to the vessel, however the other 60-year-old man did not reach it and remains missing.

Snr Sgt Smith said police were made aware of the incident at 3.13am.

In a post on social media, Rescue 300 said it was tasked at 4am to conduct the search in the area in collaboration with Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

 

SEA SEARCH: The RACQ Rescue Helicopter is searching for a man in the waters to the north of the Keppel Island Group.
SEA SEARCH: The RACQ Rescue Helicopter is searching for a man in the waters to the north of the Keppel Island Group.

 

While one of the man was located on the vessel suffering exhaustion and exposure to the elements, there was no sign of the missing man.

Capricorn Coast Water Police confirmed they were in the midst of planning to expand their search.

Rockhampton police Senior Sargent Katrina Williams said there were fixed wing aircraft from Cairns, the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Helicopter and Coast Guard Yeppoon QF11 and Water Police vessels combing the area.

She said the boat was being towed back to Rosslyn Bay Harbour to be examined further.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Yeppoon Police will host a press conference at 12.30pm.

More to follow.



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