FILE PHOTO: A man is missing at sea after it's believed he fell from a fishing trawler off the Sunshine Coast early this morning.
FILE PHOTO: A man is missing at sea after it's believed he fell from a fishing trawler off the Sunshine Coast early this morning. Tobi Loftus

MISSING AT SEA: Search under way as fisher falls from boat

AUTHORITIES have started a major search operation for a man believed to have fallen from a fishing trawler off the Sunshine Coast early this morning.

A police spokesman said authorities were alerted about 3.45am that a man went overboard from a boat about 27 nautical miles off Coolum.

RACQ LifeFlight said in a statement the helicopter was currently in the air after being tasked by police about 4.15am, and was searching an area about 80km off Coolum.

It's believed the trawler turned back to search for the man after he first fell in the water.

Crew on-board spotted him, but he reportedly disappeared again before they were able to bring him aboard.

Another maritime incident at Mooloolaba ended in heartbreak this morning when a man's body was found in the water after a yacht washed ashore.

More to come.


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