A serious air and land search is beneath method for a former Sydney radio presenter who went lacking on a solo fishing journey in crocodile-infested waters in distant Queensland.
Roman Butchaski has been lacking since Sunday and solely his car and fishing gear have been discovered to date.
Mr Butchaski used to co-host a fishing present on the 2GB radio station and is claimed to have been going to the world for years.
The area is nicely often known as a hotspot for crocodiles, however there’s additionally the likelihood he could also be misplaced or had a medical emergency.
2GB host Ben Fordham advised listeners “a major search and rescue operation in now under way” in an space practically 400 miles north of Cairns, on the Cape York peninsula.
Harry Clarke, a journalist from Country Caller, advised the station Mr Butchaski was “last seen at 8am on Sunday heading off towards the Olive River, which is in far north Queensland”.
He mentioned he had borrowed a buggy from a buddy and travelled about an hour to the river.
“All they’ve found of Butch is that vehicle with some personal effects such as a fishing rod… and he hasn’t been seen since,” mentioned Mr Clarke.
The area is established crocodile habitat and the world he was travelling to is a tidal saltwater river.
“I’m devastated – Butchy walks the banks up there regularly. He’s been fishing there forever,” mentioned Gavin Pitchford, Mr Butchaski’s co-host on the fishing programme.
He mentioned his buddy has diabetes, so there is a chance he might have had a medical problem.
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Police mentioned a helicopter and on-foot search groups had been on the lookout for a person in his 60s since Sunday evening.
They mentioned further officers had been being drafted in to assist.
Crocodiles will be present in each freshwater and saltwater in Queensland, together with rivers, swamps, oceans and the offshore islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
In May, a person described how he managed to prise a crocodile’s jaws from round his head when he was attacked close to a luxurious resort within the state.