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Farmer found dead in floodwaters

AN 80-YEAR-OLD farmer and his horse have died mustering cattle to higher ground away from floodwaters near Monto on Friday.

The Brisbane Times reports that the body of an elderly farmer who failed to return home on Friday night after mustering cattle away from floodwaters on his property, Lagoona Station, was found this morning.

Police, SES volunteers and neighbours started searching the property, west of Bundaberg, on Friday when he was reported missing. Police requested the RACQ CareFlight Bundaberg helicopter start an aerial search at daybreak.

A CareFlight spokesman said the helicopter crew informed police shortly after they had found the body of the man's horse about 1km away from the homestead and soon after the ground party found the man's body. 

Police did not release his name.

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EARLIER:

Monto police Sergeant Mick Bazzo said the man was last seen at 3pm on Friday.

"He failed to return and alarm of his disappearance was raised at 9pm," he said.

"Police and volunteers searched the area last night but were hampered by rising waters.

"The search was suspended until daylight, and it recommenced at 5am this morning with the assistance of a CareFlight helicopter, other police, and volunteer searchers.

"His body was located around 9am this morning.

North Burnett SES Unit Local Controller Brian Lowe said the man's horse also died.

"The horse was found first, and then the man - he was 50m away from the horse," he said.

"The man was only 300m from the house.

"It is believed that sometime yesterday he decided to move cattle because of rising waters."

The exact cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

The incident happened in Abercorne, between Monto and Eidsvold on the Burnett Hwy.

His family has been notified.

EARLIER:

AN ELDERLY man has gone missing in Monto after he was mustering on the Glenleigh property yesterday afternoon.

A police spokesperson said weather conditions could have been the cause of his disappearance. 

"An 80-year-old man was mustering on horseback on a rural property which we believe was flood affected, we were advised last night that he didn't return home," they said.

"The horse he was on was located today however the 80-year-old man is still missing.

"We've got rescue teams from QFES as well as assistance from the SES."

"Monto and Bundy police are searching the area with local residents on horseback."



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