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Tragic Boating Accident Claims Life Of Heroic Father

In a tragic incident that unfolded on Saturday, March 9, Ryan Craig, a 40-year-old resident of North Eton, lost his life in a boating accident at Kinchant Dam near Mackay. Mr Craig's heroic act of attempting to save his nine-year-old daughter from drowning during the incident has garnered widespread tributes from the community.

The sequence of events began when Mr Craig and his daughter went overboard from their boat sometime after 11 am, prompting an immediate search and rescue operation. Despite extensive efforts from volunteers, search and rescue personnel, and assistance from a passing jet skier who aided in the rescue of Mr Craig's daughter, Mr Craig's body was recovered from the dam after more than 48 hours of search efforts.

The circumstances leading to the accident, including the cause of the boat's breakdown, remain under investigation. Adverse weather conditions have been cited as a contributing factor, possibly resulting in the sinking of the vessel. Police said the boat was recovered from the dam just after 12pm on Sunday, March 10th.

Mr Craig's family was present at the time of the incident and was safely escorted to the dam's shore. His daughter, who was rescued from the water, was taken to Mackay Base Hospital as a precautionary measure.

In response to the tragedy, the recreational use of Kinchant Dam was temporarily suspended over the weekend to facilitate the search and rescue efforts. Multiple agencies, including the police, fire, ambulance, RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter service, SES, and VMR Mackay, collaborated in the operation.

The loss of Mr Craig has deeply affected the community, with an outpouring of grief and support expressed across social media platforms. Friends and acquaintances fondly remember Mr. Craig, affectionately known as RYNO6, for his positive impact and selfless actions.

As authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, the community mourns the loss of Ryan Craig and extends heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.

Caption: RACQ CQ Rescue was part of the emergency response in searching for Ryan Craig at Kinchant Dam. Photo supplied: RACQ CQ Rescue

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