News

Lifesavers won't give up on dad

Police and surf lifesavers at the command centre help scour Peregian Beach for the missing father of two.
Police and surf lifesavers at the command centre help scour Peregian Beach for the missing father of two. Brett Wortman

THE surf lifesaving season has ended, but volunteers will be back today to continue the search for a Brisbane dad missing in surf off Peregian Beach.

About 15 lifesavers from surf clubs across the Sunshine Coast put their hands up to continue looking for the missing Brisbane father of two.

They have vowed to stay out today for as long as they can.

The lifesavers will join at least 20 emergency services personnel.

The 37-year-old man was on a day trip to the Coast with his wife and seven-month-old daughter when he went missing late on Sunday.

His wife had stopped to feed the baby when the man, of German origin, entered the water for a final swim before heading home.

He has not been seen since.

While the search continued yesterday, a low-key event which had already been planned at the Coolum Beach SLSC to show respect for those who had died in the surf, called for a prayer for the family of the missing man.

About 30 volunteers from the club attended the service.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Sunshine Coast services co-ordinator Aaron Purchase said to have volunteers put their hand up when the season was over was incredible.

"We've got at least 15 who want to help," he said.

"It's fantastic ... they've put in a great effort so far and it's great that they're willing to come back.

"There is no obligation to them. It's all volunteer work and the season is over. We're very thankful for their determination."

The 2010-11 surf lifesaving season was fatality-free. In 2009-10, two people drowned off Coast beaches.

Mr Purchase said a 49-year-old surfer's death at Moffat Beach in February was not taken into account because the victim was believed to have suffered an underlying medical condition.

District inspector Mark Henderson said the search would continue in full force at first light today.

He said beach patrols had been expected to work throughout the night.

Insp Henderson read a short statement from the family, thanking surf lifesavers, emergency services and the people of Peregian for their effort and support.

"The devoted husband and father of two will be sorely missed by family on two continents," the statement concluded.

The man's wife has been supported on the Coast by her sister and brother-in-law.

Family members in Germany have been kept up-to-date with the situation.

Insp Henderson said the search would be reassessed today.

Topics:  missing person peregian beach surf surf life saving



Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

A CITY drenched in culture, Brisbane is again flaunting an arts and culture events calendar fit for a queen.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

How to push your happiness buttons

BRAINY BOOST: Exercise is a natural way to boost your endorphins and happiness.

Manipulating the neurotransmitters that make you feel good.

What's fresh at your local farmers' market

The pecan harvest is just beginning, so you will find a good selection at the markets from now. PHOTO: KATE O'NEILL

Pecans and cauliflowers among the new buys, as well as a great tea

Local Partners

Charity has grand plans to help people help themselves

A charity that helps homeless and needy has opened a new shop in a bid to raise money to fund a venture that will feed and skill the very people it supports.


What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Gig guide: Get the blues in Broadbeach

Russell Morris will perform at The Star Gold Coast as part of Blues on Broadbeach on Friday, May 19

Festival fun and top shelf gigs

Tweed's weekend gig guide

Wally and the Gators play Club Banora on Saturday night

What's on in the Tweed

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

IF AUSTRALIA does have a tall poppy syndrome, Mia Freedman has most certainly been a victim.

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!