A significant air and land search is underneath approach 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 this point.
Mr Butchaski used to co-host a fishing present on the 2GB radio station and is alleged to have been going to the realm for years.
The area is nicely generally known as a hotspot for crocodiles, however there’s additionally the chance he could also be misplaced or had a medical emergency.
2GB host Ben Fordham advised listeners “a significant search and rescue operation is now underneath approach” in an space almost 400 miles north of Cairns, on the Cape York peninsula.
Harry Clarke, a journalist from Nation Caller, advised the station Mr Butchaski was “final seen at 8am on Sunday heading off in the direction of the Olive River, which is in far north Queensland”.
He mentioned he had borrowed a buggy from a good friend and travelled about an hour to the river.
“All they’ve discovered of Butch is that car with some private results resembling a fishing rod… and he hasn’t been seen since,” mentioned Mr Clarke.
The area is established crocodile habitat and the realm he was travelling to is a tidal saltwater river.
“I am devastated – Butchy walks the banks up there recurrently. He is been fishing there perpetually,” mentioned Gavin Pitchford, Mr Butchaski’s co-host on the fishing programme.
He mentioned his good friend has diabetes, so there is a chance he could have had a medical subject.
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They mentioned further officers have been being drafted in to assist.
Crocodiles may be present in each freshwater and saltwater in Queensland, together with rivers, swamps, oceans and the offshore islands of the Nice Barrier Reef.
In Might, a person described how he managed to prise a crocodile’s jaws from around his head when he was attacked close to a luxurious resort within the state.