Search for owner of a canoe found off Bribie Island

May 7, 2019

Update: Search operation, Bribie Island

Police have been contacted by the owner of a canoe that was located off Bribie Island on Sunday morning.

As a result of a public appeal by police, the owner made contact with officers yesterday.

Inquiries with the owner reveal that the canoe was tied up on the beach at Deception Bay mid Saturday morning, May 4. The owner left the canoe for a short time and when he returned the canoe was gone.

Brisbane Water Police would like to thank all members of public who have assisted and remind people of the importance of reporting lost or stolen watercraft to ensure valuable assets are not unnecessarily activated.

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Water Police are searching for the owner of a canoe that was located off Bribie Island this morning.

The Canadian-style canoe contained fishing gear including a cast net, tackle box and crab dilly and was located drifting approximately 1.8 kilometres south-east of Bribie Island.

The canoe also contained a blue and maroon towel and a small homemade anchor.

A water and land search of the area by Water Police, Volunteer Marine Rescue and the Coast Guard has failed to locate its owner.

An aerial sweep by a helicopter has also failed to locate anyone.

Water drift patterns for the last 24 hours indicate the canoe may belong to someone from or its journey originated from the Bribie Island, Sandstone Point, Deception Bay, Beachmere and Redcliffe areas.

If this canoe belongs to you or if you recognise it, please contact police.