Search for missing fisherman scaled back

November 29, 2023 7:18 am in by
(Supplied Qld Police)

The search and rescue operation for a Glass House Mountains man missing in waters off the Sunshine Coast since last Sunday has been scaled back.

43-year-old Matthew Balange was reported missing by his family after he failed to return from a solo fishing trip on Sunday afternoon.

Police and emergency services launched a wide-ranging surface and aerial search on Monday involving multiple aircraft and boats.

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His man’s boat was found abandoned with the motor still running around two nautical miles off Comboyuro Point at the northern end of Moreton Island

Subsequent search efforts have failed to locate him.

Sunshine Coast water police and volunteers will now focus their search on the foreshore along Bribie Island and eastern Moreton Island.

Water Police have praised the efforts of everyone involved in the search, and are appealing to the boating community to remain vigilant and to report any sightings or information immediately.