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WHAT started out as a dream getaway with friends has turned to tragedy for a 48-year-old man who was found dead off Fantome Island, near Townsville yesterday.
A Melbourne man, known to his friends as Rooster, was killed after he encountered trouble while trying to retrieve a vessel which broke anchor off the island about 7.30pm on Sunday night, reports the Townsville Bulletin.
The man's body, which had been mauled by tiger sharks, was found near the island about 9.45am yesterday. It's not clear whether the man had drowned or if he was killed by the sharks.
Fantome, part of the Great Palm Island group, is about 65km north-east of Townsville.
The qualified builder was taking a break from work on Orpheus Island to spend time with three workmates living on Palm Island. Emergency services officers launched a large-scale air and sea search after the man failed to return to shore with the vessel on Sunday night.