Mike Daniell was killed in a diving accident on Saturday.
Mike Daniell was killed in a diving accident on Saturday.

'Final goodbyes': Dozens to honour spearfisher in paddle out

DOZENS of people will come together for a paddle out for Mike Daniell on Saturday morning to say their "final goodbyes".

The 27-year-old was spearfishing off the Sunshine Coast last weekend when he failed to surface.

It's understood Mike was wearing a weight belt when he jumped off a tinnie minutes before his friend was due to join him for a dive.

 

Mike is being remembered as a man who touched everyone's lives.
Mike is being remembered as a man who touched everyone's lives.

Loved ones raised the alarm when they noticed him missing. Emergency services, experienced free-divers, several lifeguards and a Christian surf group scoured the water for several hours.

But by about 1pm, his body was found 20m deep on the ocean floor.

The respected builder, keen surfer and much-loved member of the church community known for his charity work is being remembered as a man whose life brought hope to others.

Those close to Mike said he had touched countless lives through his church involvement, his business Belong Constructions, as a mentor for young men and as a son, brother and friend.

 

More than 80 people will come together for a paddle out to remember the 27-year-old.
More than 80 people will come together for a paddle out to remember the 27-year-old.

More than 80 people are expected to join the paddle out at Mudjimba Beach to honour Mike's "love he had for the ocean".

The group will meet at 8am.



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