UPDATE 11:30am Sunday: Photos have emerged of the six metre half cabin fibreglass boat that was washed ashore at Farnborough Beach in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The owner of the boat went snorkelling on Friday afternoon near the Observatory when his boat floated away from him. He swam to shore and spend the night at the seculded beach of Middle Island.
Photographs of the boat washed ashore on Saturday morning showed it was still intact and whole however, the relentless tide from last night and this morning destroyed the boat.
12:10pm: THE man whose boat washed ashore at Farnborough Beach this morning has been found.
Yeppoon Coast Guard Flotilla Commander Jim Warren confirmed the man was found on an island.
The man, believed to be 40, from Mackay, was snorkelling near the Observatory near Middle Island yesterday afternoon.
"When he came back to where his vessel was it was not where he left it," Mr Warren said.
He swam to shore at Middle Island where he spent the night last night.
Around 9am this morning, some people in a dinghy saw him stranded and took him to Great Keppel Island.
He then caught the ferry back to Rosslyn Bay Harbour.
"I spoke to him this morning, he was quite shaken up," Mr Warren said.
"He was only in a pair of shorts and t-shirt and had to spend the night on the island."
Mr Warren understands the boat may not have been anchored properly.
"Or his anchor might not have been the right size for his boat," he said.
A member of the public reported the boat washed ashore at Bangalee, Farnborough Beach at midnight this morning.
"It drifted 15km over night," Mr Warren said.
"I don't know what condition the boat is in."
Mr Warren offered some timely advice to check your anchors when going out on the waters.
"Make sure you have plenty of anchor rope out," he said.
"If you have five metres under you boat you should have at least 25 metres of anchor rope out.
"Your anchor should be appropriately sized for the size of the vessel."
11:26am: EMERGENCY services have combined to find a missing man whose boat washed ashore in Bangalee on Farnborough Beach this morning.
Queensland Police Service's Maritime Search and Rescue Coordinator requested the assistance of the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service to find the missing man.
The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service left base at 6.37am this morning and searched Farnborough Beach, Yeppoon, Bangalee and Keppel Islands.
"The helicopter crew commenced a search from the stricken vessel, along the coastline and then throughout the islands in an effort to find the missing man, however the crew were unable to locate him or any sign of his whereabouts," a RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service spokesperson said.
The search took approximately two hours to complete with the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service helicopter landing back at the Rockhampton airfield at 8.37am.
RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service has now been released from the task the Queensland Police Service.
More to come.
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