WATCH: Crews continue search, friends share messages of hope

  • 25-year-old falls into Mary River near Lamington Bridge pontoon just after 9am Wednesday
  •  The man's friend tried to find the 25-year-old soon after he fell in 
  • Swift water rescue boat launched 
  • RACQ CareFlight Rescue chopper conducts two separate searches

Scroll down to see how the tragedy unfolded

THURSDAY: Water police have continued the search at first light this morning for a missing 25-year-old Maryborough man who fell into the Mary River just after 9am Wednesday morning.  

The man fell from the Prickett Aquatic Centre pontoon into fast -moving waters and is still missing this morning.

Hervey Bay police Sergeant Richard Whatman said the search would continue.  

Friends posted messages of support on social media about the man, who the Chronicle has not named at his family's request.

"Thinking and praying for you brother," one friend wrote.

"Please come home, we all need you..." another wrote.


UPDATE 6.15PM: HERVEY Bay Water Police say they will continue searching for a missing 25-year-old man until last light, and will begin again as soon as possible Thursday morning.

Despite searching for 10 hours, the Hervey Bay Water Police, SES and the coast guard have been unsuccessful in finding a man who fell into the Mary River just after 9am on Wednesday.

Hervey Bay Water Police Acting Sergeant Craig Collings said there may still be hope for the man at this stage.

"This is still a search and rescue," Acting Sgt Collings said.

"However we've got to consider all outcomes."

Tomorrow's search will begin just after first light and will be conducted by Hervey Bay Water Police, SES units and the coast guard.

"The search may extend further out," Acting Sgt Collings said.

"The dog squad may also be involved, depending on the circumstances."

UPDATE 3.50pm: POLICE are scaling back the search for a missing 25-year-old near the Lamington Bridge Pontoon in Maryborough. 

The man's family and close friends have been waiting anxiously all day at the scene for any updates from emergency crews. 

Police still have the area at the pontoon cordoned off. 

The RACQ CareFlight Rescue chopper conducted two separate searches and has headed back to Bundaberg. 

UPDATE 12.10pm: EMERGENCY crews are battling a swift moving tide as they continue to search for a missing 25-year-old who fell into the Mary River.  

Maryborough Police Sergeant Lance Millward said the man's friend tried to find the 25-year-old soon after he fell in but was unsuccessful. 

SES, Swift Water Rescue and Water Police are searching downstream and upstream from the pontoon at Lamington Bridge where the man is believed to have fallen. 

As part of the investigation Sgt Millward said police were investigating whether a medical condition had caused the man to fall. 

"The swift moving tide is coming in until midday," Sgt Millward said.

"We will continue searching until we find him.

"We're in the hope he has safely washed to shore," he said.


Emergency crews search for the 25-year-old in the Mary River.
Emergency crews search for the 25-year-old in the Mary River. Valerie Horton


UPDATE 11AM: A swift water rescue boat has just been launched in an effort to find the man who fell from a pontoon into the swollen Mary River, while the man's family waits anxiously onshore.

Visibility in the water is understood to be very poor, and the waters are flowing fast.

The man has not been spotted since he fell in, about 9.30am.

9.30AM: A SEARCH is underway to find a 25-year-old man who is believed to have suffered a seizure and fallen into the Mary River.

It is believed the man fell from the pontoon near Lamington Bridge in Maryborough about 9.30am Wednesday.

Queensland Ambulance Senior Operations Supervisor Michael Low said the man had not resurfaced.

Police, ambulance and fire crews are at the scene and it is believed a boat is searching for the man.  

It is believed the Swift Water Rescue team has been called to the scene. 

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