Water police and SES teams searched the Mary River, which is at a minor flood level, for the man’s body. (ABC News: Amy Sheehan)
A body, believed to be that of a missing 75-year-old kayaker, has been found among debris in the flooded Mary River on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Authorities say it is too early to say whether the man drowned in floodwater or suffered a medical episode after setting out from Conondale on Sunday.
He has been described as an experienced kayaker, who was known to head out in the river during flood conditions.
Brenden Richards, from Queensland Fire and Emergency Service’s Swift Water Rescue team, was among those who found the body in the river.
He said they found the seat of the kayak first, then the body, which was caught in trees downstream.
“The longer our crews are in the water, the more dangerous it is for us, so we are pretty happy that it didn’t take too long to locate the gentleman,” Mr Richards said.
“This clearly shows people can get in trouble, so we try to discourage people from coming out, especially when the waterways are swollen like this.
A slow-moving system passed over the Sunshine Coast overnight, dumping a record 232 millimetres of rain in 24 hours at Sunshine Coast airport. Coolum received 216mm.
Brisbane received up to 100mm in the 24 hours to 9:00am, and the Gold Coast up to 200mm.
More storms are rolling across the state today.
At 1:30pm a severe storm warning was issued for the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast forecast districts.
A separate band of severe storms is hitting the Gold Coast, with a warning issued for that region alongside Logan and the Scenic Rim.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) also warned about 1:00pm that there was a risk of possible flash-flooding at Mount Tamborine, Tamborine, Coomera, Hope Island, South Stradbroke and Jacobs Well.
In the past two hours, 102mm of rain was recorded at Oxenford Weir.
The Coomera River is at a major flood level and has swollen to 2.5 metres above its record height.
A woman is also feared missing in the Gold Coast hinterland, which was drenched by more than 141mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9:00am.
Yang Chen, 26, has not been seen since yesterday morning, when she went walking near the Gorge Falls in Tallebudgera Valley.
Her companion raised the alarm after he lost sight of her around 11:00am.