Fisherman Andrew Goldfinch.
Fisherman Andrew Goldfinch. NIKITA WATTS

Fisherman's death not suspicious

POLICE say the death of Yeppoon commercial fisherman Andrew “Mal” Goldfinch appears to have been a tragic accident.

The body of the 48-year-old was found at Waterpark Creek on Sunday after an extensive search of the area.

Authorities had been searching since he was reported missing last Wednesday.

Inspector Mike Curtin said at this stage there were no suspicious circumstances.

“Our inquiries so far indicate the death may have been a tragic accident,” Insp Curtin said.

He said it was thought Mr Goldfinch's swag was knocked out of the 4.7m aluminium boat at the same time the fisherman went into the water.

The swag and body were both found several kilometres from where the boat was located last Wednesday.

Insp Curtin said with the strong tides and flows in the water this was not surprising.

He said a post mortem was done on the body yesterday, though the results might not be known for a couple more days.

Detectives from Yeppoon CIB will prepare a report for the coroner.

The boat is being mechanically tested.

Insp Curtin thanked the many agencies and volunteers involved in the search, which lasted five days.

Mr Goldfinch was described as an experienced and passionate commercial fisherman with a thorough knowledge of the Corio Bay area.

There had been speculation that he could have been taken by crocodiles or sharks after local fisherman reported multiple sightings of both predators in the area recently.

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