News

Search for drowned teen becomes waiting game

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

POLICE are pondering the next step as the search for the body of drowned Ipswich teenager Duncan Wilmott reaches the one-week mark.

Despite days of scouring beneath the surface of Aqua Lake - the water-filled quarry that claimed Duncan's life last Monday morning - police have been unable to recover the 16-year-old's body.

Police divers are only able to descend to a depth of about 30m, which severely restricts the scope of the search, given that the lake reaches 80m in some places.

District Duty Officer Senior Sergeant Robbie Goodger said police were now waiting to see if Duncan's body would resurface, but there was no certainty.

"We will assess the situation again this afternoon and at some point we will need to decide if further intervention is needed," he said.

Among the options that police might consider, would be calling in more specialised divers from NSW, who can go down to 50m depth.

The Navy is also an option, with a remotely-controlled submersible vehicle able to descend to about 100m.

Snr Sgt Goodger said any decisions involving further intervention would likely be decided at a higher level.

Family of the missing teen and their supporters are now calling for authorities to drain the lake.

A Facebook page called Drain Aqua Lakes Quarry for Duncan has attracted about 3400 supporters.

Ipswich police are not able to make a call regarding the draining of the lake, however it is understood that an effort to drain a neighbouring quarry several years ago - in search of the body of murdered Ipswich woman Dulcie Birt - proved extremely expensive and ultimately fruitless.

The quarries are fed by underground water and can replenish while water is being pumped out - especially in the event of heavy rain.

Authorities are also limited in where they can transfer the water, as it is ridden with contaminants.

"The water goes into the next open cut hole further down - you can't pump the water into a river because it is contaminated. The water has a high salt content and the pH is very acidic," Snr Sgt Goodger said.

Topics:  aqua lake duncan wilmott



Last-gasp goal saves Ipswich team's Pride

Western Pride goal scorer Dylan Wenzel-Halls.

Substitute stars for draw specialists

Crash debris shut down motorway

Police say vehicle was travelling wrong way

10 jobs you can apply for right now

Job seekers read the job advertisements on large boards at the Ipswich Showgrounds where the Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo was held today (140613). Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

Plenty on offer from across the region

Local Partners

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

SUNSHINE Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice nearly saw her form a duo with her battle round opponent.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

'Ridiculous': Council refuses renovation at heritage home

NOT FAIR: Karen Solomon of Newtown is angry with Ipswich City Council for refusing her plans to build a colonial style double car port at her Newtown home.

Council rejected development application

Council refusal of 'high density' development ends in court

Ipswich City Council first meeting with the new 2016 council.

Developer took the matter to the Queensland Planning Court

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!