News

Family's heartbreaking vigil at site where teen last seen

Police divers search for the body of Duncan Wilmott in Aqua Lake. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Police divers search for the body of Duncan Wilmott in Aqua Lake. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

THE grim search for a missing teen feared drowned will resume today after police divers were unable to locate his body in a water-filled quarry.

Duncan Cameron Wilmott, 16, went missing on Monday after jumping off a ledge into a water-filled former open cut mine near Collingwood Park.

The teen was at the mine site with a friend who told police Mr Wilmott jumped off the 5m ledge into the water, resurfaced momentarily and then went back under.

Tragically police conceded yesterday the operation had now moved from a search mission into a recovery phase.

The popular teen was due to commence his senior year today at Ipswich State High School.

Principal Simon Riley said it was a tragic and heartbreaking start to the school year.

Duncan Wilmott, 16, drowned after jumping into a disused quarry at Collingwood Park on January 25, 2015. Photo: Contributed
Duncan Wilmott, 16, drowned after jumping into a disused quarry at Collingwood Park on January 25, 2015. Photo: Contributed Contributed

He said the school would provide support and counselling for Mr Wilmott's classmates and friends.

"I have been in contact with Duncan's family and they are obviously very distressed at what has happened," he said.

"There will be a team onsite at the school today to help and support Duncan's friends should they require it. A communication will also be sent out to all parents informing them on what support is available to students."

Ipswich district duty officer Senior Sergeant Paul Andrews said divers had been faced with difficult conditions in the search for the missing teen.

He said the quarry, known as Aqua Lake, was up to 80m deep in parts and was littered with debris such as boulders, cars, trees and at least one excavator.

"His family is distraught and they understand what outcome may be coming," he said.

"There are many of these quarries around and it (people accessing them) is an ongoing problem.

"It is certainly a dangerous situation jumping into areas you do not know about, so I would not recommend it at all."

It is the third drowning death over the past decade at one of the former mines sites scattered around the Swanbank and New Chum area.

Nick Manz, 24, was killed on November 2, 2008 after he dived into water at the former Swanbank coal mine site.

A Sudanese man, 22, drowned on December 11, 2009 after he jumped into a former water-filled mine at Collingwood Park.

Topics:  collingwood park, duncan cameron wilmott, duncan wilmott, editors picks, missing teenager




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Delays in Korean student murder case

Murder victim Eunji Ban was found in a Brisbane park early Sunday morning.

Murder accused still "unwell" according to lawyer

Dog attack victim was trying to save chicken

A photo of a dog barking for a story about problem dogs barking in Ipswich neighbourhoods. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

Council officers investigating early morning incident

Latest deals and offers

Mt Crosby Road and Warrego Upgrade

The Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey with Member for Ipswich...

Woman cops $12,000 water bill

Bundamba resident Sherelle Taylor receiveda water bill for more than $12,000 after a leak was found in a pipe on her property.

Bundamba resident Sherelle Taylor received a water bill for more than $12,000 after...

Free mobile washing service for homeless

The Orange Sky laundry service offers free clothes and laundry services to those in need. QUU spokesperson Michelle Cull, resident Rickie Stuart and Orange Sky service rollout co-ordinator Alek Jacoby.

The OrangeSky mobile washing van sets up in Queens Park in Ipswich every Wednesday...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked