As the search for missing fisherman Trent Riley enters its sixth day, the 26-year-old’s family are adamant Monday is the day they will bring the guy “as tough as Jesus Christ” home.
Mr Riley was reported missing on Wednesday afternoon, when his tinnie was spotted still motoring off Mud Island, near the Port of Brisbane. Police said they feared he had gone overboard.
A massive air and sea search was launched, while a volunteer effort was also organised.
Mr Riley’s brother Shannon told ABC Radio on Monday they had had a “sound theory” come through on Sunday night, before dozens of volunteers set out at 7am to search new areas.
“There’s the possibility a current could have swept him inland in between some mangroves near the Port,” he said.
“The boys were trekking through it all night, and today we will do the rest. (He’d be) balls deep in mud.
“It makes sense he’s in there somewhere, he’d be exhausted and stuck.”
Shannon said his brother’s family and friends wanted him home, as did “the whole world”.
“The whole world is behind us … The whole world is backing the Rileys,” he said.
“He’s the toughest guy you’ll ever meet. If you can imagine who Jesus Christ was, that’s what Trent was like … He’s just waiting to be picked up.
“I also want to give police a massive shout out, they’ve done an amazing job. They’re not giving up … They will keep searching.”