A search is currently underway in northern Australia as a former radio host has gone missing during a solo fishing expedition in waters known for crocodile presence.
A search is currently underway in northern Australia as concerns escalate for former radio host Roman Butchaski, who went missing during a solo fishing expedition in waters known for crocodile presence.
The alarm was raised when Butchaski, also known as Butch, failed to return to his camping ground on Sunday. Some of his belongings were discovered near a river on Queensland’s remote Cape York Peninsula.
Butchaski, a seasoned angler and former host of Sydney radio station 2GB’s fishing show, regularly visited the Olive River spot, approximately 600km (370 miles) north of Cairns. His friend and former co-host, Gavin Pitchford, expressed devastation, noting Butch’s familiarity with the area and his routine walks along the riverbanks.
Fears are heightened, especially considering Butchaski’s age (in his 60s) and his diabetic condition, leading to concerns of a potential medical episode. Additional police officers have been dispatched to assist in the search, utilizing rescue helicopters and ground crews in the region.
The car Butchaski was using was found at the river, and local reports indicate the discovery of some fishing gear. Despite the well-known crocodile habitat in the area, Senior Sgt Duane Amos assured that Butchaski was well-prepared for his expedition, having undertaken similar trips in the past.
Australia’s tropical north is abundant with crocodiles, and although attacks are uncommon, this year has witnessed several incidents. In February, rangers shot a 4.2m crocodile that attacked a man and his dog near Cairns. In May, the remains of a fisherman were found inside a 4.1m crocodile on the Kennedy River, marking the 13th fatal attack in Queensland since record-keeping began in 1985.