Missing tourist found dead after being swept away in falls

A MAN has been found dead in far north Queensland, 1800m downstream from where he was last seen yesterday at Josephine Falls in Babinda. 

The body of the 25-year-old tourist from the United Kingdom was located this afternoon in a search and rescue operation involving police and SES, after he was reported missing around 5.30pm yesterday.

The man and a woman, both tourists, had been swimming at the falls.

Initial reports suggest that the pair had jumped into the water and were separated.

The woman was able to swim to the river bank.

The man was seen resurfacing, but was swept downstream by the current.

Police and other emergency services rushed to the scene and began a search for the man but were unable to locate him before darkness fell.

A rescue helicopter using night and heat vision was used later in the night to search for the man.

Due to deteriorating conditions and failing light the foot search was suspended until 6am this morning, with police remaining at the scene during the night.

There are no suspicious circumstances. Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Topics:  drowning far north queensland police qps search and rescue tourist

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