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Police launch search for man missing in crocodile country

QUEENSLAND Police have launched a search and rescue operation on a remote cattle station on the Cape York Peninsula after a man failed to return from his morning fish.

At around 8am yesterday morning a 65-70yr old man went fishing on a remote cattle station in Shelburne and failed to return later in the afternoon.

Family and friends of the missing man commenced searching last night and police deployed aerial assets to assist but were unsuccessful in locating the man.

Police have now heightened their efforts and stood up additional resources including search and rescue coordinators.

Far North District duty officer Duane Amos said SES and local rangers are working with police in their efforts.

“The preliminary search last night located the land vehicle that the gentlemen had used,” he said.

“The man had gone to the Olive River location to fish, he is an avid fisher and had visited the same location previously.”

Police said they will continue to refine their search as they look for the man and work closely with local rangers who know the waterways.

The location is a known crocodile habitat and police said they will be taking precautions during the search.

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