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Water and air search continues for missing boatie


Police have grave concerns for a boatie missing in notorious seas near Curtis Island, but they're refusing to give up hope of finding him alive.

62-year-old Craig Gordon, of Boyne Island, was last seen by his family on Thursday November 12, when he set off to Sea Hill, at the northern end of the island.

The experienced mariner spoke to his wife on Friday morning. She raised the alarm on Monday night, not having heard from him since.

A large scale air, sea and land search is underway.

His vessel was found washed up on mud flats near Balaclava Island, between the northern part of Curtis Island, Port Alma and the mouth of the Fitzroy River, on Tuesday November 18.

It wasn't far from where Mr Gordon planned to go, but there has been no sign of him.

His vehicle was found parked at a boat ramp in Gladstone, where he left it.

Dangerous seas

Gladstone CIB Inspector Darren Somerville says despite being a seasoned mariner, the passage of water is known for being dangerous.

"That area of Port Alma is well known for being a rough area, where the tides and winds can converge, and create rough conditions,'' Inspector Somerville says.

"If he is on land there is a possibility he is alive, but if he is in water it is grave.

"The search will continue with as many water assets as we can muster, and the helicopter will continue to search".