Police divers have found the body of a nine-year-old boy who went missing after being hit by a jet ski yesterday on a lake near Mount Isa, in north-west Queensland.
Officers said the child was found about 6:00am on Sunday in Lake Moondarra, a popular spot for weekend campers and boaties.
Police said the boy was wading in shallow water yesterday morning when he was struck at high speed by the jet ski and thrown into the water.
The jet ski was driven by the boy’s 34-year-old father.
Queensland Police Superintendent Kev Guteridge said the boy’s six-year-old brother was also on the jet ski when the accident occurred.
The State Emergency Service (SES), water police divers and a helicopter crew scoured the area yesterday, but police admitted there was little hope of finding the boy alive.
“A father and two sons were out here enjoying a beautiful part of the world — its very popular,” Superintendent Guteridge said, adding the family lived in the area.
“This is just one of those timely reminders for everyone that tragedy can strike in a split second as a result of people out here just enjoying a fun day.
“We’ve got the other part of the investigation to roll out, but that can take as long as necessary to get that investigation and make sure all the details are known before we make any determination on what occurred here.”
Both the boy’s father and brother, who were thrown onto the bank after the impact of the collision, remain in Mt Isa Hospital with serious injuries.
Superintendent Guteridge said it was a traumatic event, and the support offered by the small, close-knit community had already been overwhelming.
“If you’ve never lived in a place like Mt Isa you’ll probably never appreciate it,” he said.
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