Body of man in sub­merged ute at Di­wan

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Ali­cia Nally

THE body of a man has been dis­cov­ered inside a ute sub­merged in a creek at Cape Tribu­la­tion.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the area about 2.45pm yes­ter­day af­ter­noon (April 5) af­ter mem­bers of the pub­lic re­ported see­ing the ve­hi­cle near Di­wan.

RACQ tech­ni­cian Bob Perry no­ticed the ute about 300m south of the Tur­pen­tine Rd-Cape Tribu­la­tion Rd in­ter­sec­tion at about 2pm yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. He re­ported the sight­ing to a lo­cal ser­vice sta­tion at­ten­dant. “It looked like a yel­low ute be­cause of the colour of the wa­ter,” he said.

“We fig­ured out it might be a lo­cal bloke’s but I went around to his house and he was sit­ting on the front lawn.

“Then peo­ple started com­ing in to the ser­vice sta­tion left, right and cen­tre and started say­ing some­one was in there.”

It is be­lieved the ute may have crashed on Tues­day evening. Mr Perry said the spot was no­to­ri­ously dan­ger­ous. “If you come around that cor­ner and lose con­trol you’re in the lap of the gods,” he said.

Po­lice were still un­sure of the cir­cum­stances of the crash last night and the Foren­sic Crash Unit was still in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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