Hannah Levison and friend Matthew Clarke look towards the river near where a missing 20-year-old Ipswich man may have drowned in the Brisbane River near Sherwood Forest Park.
Hannah Levison and friend Matthew Clarke look towards the river near where a missing 20-year-old Ipswich man may have drowned in the Brisbane River near Sherwood Forest Park.

Search continues for missing man

POLICE divers are expected to be brought in today to help with the search for an Ipswich man who is feared drowned after jumping into the Brisbane River.

Police and State Emergency Service (SES) personnel spent yesterday searching the river and river banks, as well as door-knocking residents in the area where the man was last seen.

Watched by onlookers, they conducted foot searches of the banks while a small SES boat did sweeps of the river near where the man went under.

A police spokeswoman said divers were searching for a man missing in Moreton Bay yesterday but they would likely search for the Ipswich man today.

Police said the 20-year-old was fishing near the Sherwood Forest Park on the river about 11.20am Monday when he went for a swim and was unable to return to shore due to a strong current.

It was believed the man duck-dived into the water and struggled after he surfaced.

“It appears the man struggled against the current and could not make it back to land,” a police spokesman said.

“The man then disappeared and is believed to be floating north towards Indooroopilly.”

Police said yesterday’s search initially focused on the river between the Jindalee bridge and the Indooroopilly bridge, while the SES launched an aluminium flood- boat and searched between Jindalee and Tennyson.

The missing man has short dark-brown hair and was wearing a black “KORN” T-shirt, denim shorts and a studded belt.

Nearby residents said the Brisbane River was moving twice as fast as usual due to recent rain, making conditions particularly perilous.

That, along with the tidal flow and water being released from Wivenhoe Dam will shape the searchers’ calculations.



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