The tug boat was towing this water barge when it capsized and sank. The water can be seen rippling above the sunken tug boat.
The tug boat was towing this water barge when it capsized and sank. The water can be seen rippling above the sunken tug boat. Brenda Strong/The Observer

Missing man's body recovered

THE search for a 64-year-old man missing in Gladstone Harbour has ended in tragedy.

The Gladstone man’s body was located yesterday.

He has been identified as Dudley Jacobs.

Mr Jacobs had been missing since a tugboat he was in capsized on Gladstone Harbour on Saturday.

Circumstances surrounding the incident remain uncertain and an investigation by police into the sinking began immediately.

At about 12.50pm on Saturday, police were told the 23m boat had capsized, with four men on board, at the mouth of the Calliope River.

A search began, but was suspended Saturday night and resumed yesterday morning.

A Queensland Police dive team travelled from Brisbane to participate in the search yesterday morning.

The tugboat Adonis was towing a water barge in Gladstone Harbour yesterday when it experienced a steering problem and girded, before it rolled and sank.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported winds of up to 30 knots on the harbour on Saturday, although it is not known if conditions played any part in the incident.

There were four people on board.

Water police were able to rescue three men but were unable to locate Mr Jacobs.

Attention will now turn to recovering the tugboat and investigating the cause of the incident.

An investigation will be conducted by Marine Safety Queensland in co-ordination with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

A representative for MSQ said staff from those departments were travelling to Gladstone Marina last night to investigate.

The spokesperson said MSQ could not make any comment as an investigation was under way.

Mr Jacobs was a respected and much-loved member of the Gladstone community.

His friends and family were last night in mourning for a man who was described as having vast experience on the harbour.

Mr Jacobs was a long-serving member of the Port Curtis Sailing Club, where he had served as commodore and treasurer.

A representative of Sea Swift, owner of the tug, declined to comment.


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