Queensland is still reeling from wild weather which caused loss of power, school closures and evacuations across the state. Today, the sole known survivor of a trawler tragedy was reunited with his loved ones, but authorities now concede his six crewmates won’t be found alive.

Jessamy Tredinnick reports.


Conditions were still too rough for Police divers on Thursday morning. Rescue helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and up to 12 water vessels are continuing to search for the lost trawler’s skipper and five of his crew.

The one known survivor, Ruben McDornan, also joined the search for his missing friends.

He says his crewmates were like family to him.

Police are urging any vessels in the search area to contact them, if they have any information.

The week of storms has hit Central and coastal Queensland the hardest.

Bundaberg has received seven times its October rain average.

The S-E-S have been inundated too, with requests for help.

The impact of damage to crops on hundreds of farms in the region, can’t be assessed until the water recedes.

In Brisbane, Gold Creek and Enoggera Dam are spilling over.

Enoggera sits at 101 per cent capacity, 51 millimetres over.

13 other dams across Queensland are above capacity. Eight are spilling over.

Jessamy Tredinnick, QUT News.