9 May 2015 3:40 AM AEST: Police have recovered the body of a 60 year old male from the wreckage of an ultralight plane off North Stradbroke Island this morning.
A witness alerted the police about the plane which ditched into the water about 7 kilometres off Point Look Out. Only one person was believed to be on board the aircraft, police indicated. A press statement of the Queensland Police suggested the plane crash site is within three kilometres of the Surf Lifesaving Club on North Stradbroke Island.
Responding to queries of media persons at a press conference held this afternoon, Acting Superintendant Steve Dabinet confirmed the deceased has been identified. He is believed to have a partner who the authorities are trying to contact, he added.
The authorities had mounted a search and rescue operation involving 12 marine vessels and two aircraft. One let a rescuer into the water who discovered the body in the water, the Acting Superintendent said.
At least three witnesses are being talked to and a report is being prepared for the coroner, he added.
An exclusion zone has been set up encompassing George Northling Drive and The Causeway.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.