Tribute after river tragedy: 'Forever young Matty Jay'

UPDATE: A REPORT will be prepared for the coroner after the body of Toowoomba man Matt Jarvis was pulled from the Brisbane River after a 36-hour search.

Mr Jarvis, 34, was last seen on the banks of the river about 7.45pm Saturday after he'd been at a barbecue and had some drinks with a group of friends that day.

His disappearance triggered an exhaustive search stretching from the Lower River Terrace at the base of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs towards the mouth of the river.

His body was found downstream just before 10am near Castlebar Cove, opposite the Sydney Street ferry terminal at New Farm.

He was found after two reports from the public of something "floating in the river".

Friends of Mr Jarvis sent their condolences to his family on social media.

"Forever young Matty Jay, taken way too soon," Ayesha Sleet wrote.

"You didn't deserve to go out like that," posted Greg Tangey.

It was a tragic end to the desperate search for the young father after friends reported seeing him go near the water's edge and then heard a splash and rustling in the trees.

Friends had jumped in the water to try and save him but were unsuccessful.

Police, State Emergency Services and Queensland Fire and Rescue crews conducted a land, water and air search overnight Saturday and Sunday.

Water Police scour the river. Picture: AAP/David Clark
Water Police scour the river. Picture: AAP/David Clark

NOON: Police have recovered the body of Toowoomba man Matt Jarvis after an extensive search of the Brisbane River since Saturday.

Police divers this morning recovered Mr Jarvis' body in the water after he was reported missing about 7.45pm Saturday.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

5AM: THE search for missing Toowoomba man Matt Jarvis, feared drowned in the Brisbane River, is expected to resume today.

It follows an extensive land, air and water search across the weekend.

Mr Jarvis had been drinking with a group of friends at a barbecue by the banks of the Brisbane River on Saturday afternoon when he walked towards the water's edge.

Acting Inspector Teena Rolls said the group of people he was with reported hearing a splash and some rustling in the trees at the bottom of the Kangaroo Point cliffs near the Lower River Terrace area.

Emergency services are scouring the air, land and water in the hopes of finding 34-year-old Matt Jarvis. Picture: Supplied
Emergency services are scouring the air, land and water in the hopes of finding 34-year-old Matt Jarvis. Picture: Supplied

"He was with a friend at the time who's turned her back and then she has heard a splash and heard a rustling of the trees and then she's called out and thinks it was Matt who was in the water," Insp. Rolls said.

"The group's gone to the water and seen splashing and have entered the water in an attempt to locate the missing person but were unable to locate him at that time.

"Other witnesses state that they've observed an arm in the water before he went under and was not seen again."

An exhaustive search and rescue mission got under way soon after the missing person report was filed with police about 7.45pm on Saturday.

An overnight search into Sunday morning involved water police, police divers, VMR vessels and rescue boats.

An incident command post was established on Sunday morning as the search extended from the base of the cliffs area where Mr Jarvis is believed to have entered the water to the mouth of the Brisbane River.

Specialist divers did drag line searches of the depths while officers ran down inquiries in Toowoomba, Insp. Rolls said.

 

The search continued overnight. Picture: AAP/David Clark
The search continued overnight. Picture: AAP/David Clark

A police spokesman said Water Police would continue searching the waterway for any sign of Mr Jarvis but, as of last night, other resources had been stood down from the operation.

Mr Jarvis is described as Caucasian, about 170cm tall with a proportionate build, fair complexion and long brown dreadlocks.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any other relevant information is urged to contact police.

 


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