Divers find body at Eungella Dam
Members of the police dive squad located the body of a man in Eungella Dam this evening.
A search of the dam had been under way since November 15, when a 49-year-old man was reported missing after the kayak he was in capsized about 4.30pm.
A woman who was also on the kayak managed to swim to shore.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner.
POLICE divers from Brisbane have this morning joined the search for a man missing at Eungella Dam for more than 36 hours.
The divers will join three SES flood boats, 15 SES volunteers and water police who have been scouring the area since the 49-year-old went missing about 4.30pm on Saturday.
The man was kayaking with a woman when the kayak capsized and sank, a police media spokesman said.
The woman managed to swim to safety to the dam's edge but the man has not been seen since.
Campers and boat owners nearby conducted a search of the area before emergency services arrived but they were unable to find the missing man, the spokesman said.
Police have not released the man's name.
SES local controller Justin Englert said emergency crews had searched
continuously during daylight hours since the alarm was raised.
Mr Englert said there was a chance the man had swum to shore and could still be alive.
"We are hoping to find him in good health," he said.
"At this stage we are keeping our options open and are not speculating.
"We are searching one section (of the dam) at a time.
"We are working in an elimination process to ensure we don't miss any areas.
"The search is very structured."
Yesterday police searched using specialist depth sounding equipment.
A police spokesman said the equipment would help police detect any objects on the bottom of the dam.
"Should anything be of interest, they would deploy the divers to the location," he said.
The Townsville based QGAir Rescue 521 helicopter helped with the search on Saturday and continued throughout the night.
Mr Englert said they were working very closely with other emergency services.
"We are working very efficiently," he said.
"Five SES volunteers are staying at the dam overnight so they can resume the search at first light.
"We are doing everything we can to find the missing man."
There will be restrictions to the dam, between the boat ramp and the wall, while police continue their search.
The dam covers 8.48sq km and is at 95% of its 112,400ML capacity.
POLICE have recommenced their search this morning for a man missing after his kayak overturned on Eungella Dam yesterday afternoon.
The 49-year-old man was kayaking with a woman when the kayak capsized and sank about 4.30pm.
The woman managed to swim to safety at the dam's edge but the man hasn't been seen since.
Nearby boats and campers conducted a search of the area but were unable to locate the missing man.
Whitsundays Water Police and the State Emergency Services vessels will recommence their search in the morning.
There will be restrictions to the south-west part of the dam, between the boat ramp and the wall, while police continue their search.