UPDATE: Maritime Safety jet in search for missing man
MONDAY 8.30AM: THE search and rescue operation for the missing deckhand has resumed this morning.
Media reports have identified the man as 35-year-old Jeffrey Costa from the Sunshine Coast.
Follow today's coverage here.
SUNDAY 5.27PM: THE AUSTRALIAN Maritime Safety Authority's Challenger jet and an Australian Border Force aircraft are part of today's search and rescue operation off Swain Reefs.
The AMSA has released video of the search, shot earlier today, showing several of the vessels involved in the operation.
3.25PM: POLICE have revealed they are scouring a "massive" search area for a 35-year-old man who went missing from Gladstone charter boat MV Night Crossing early this morning.
Search and Rescue coordinator Sergeant Mark Dean said the vessel was anchored near Swain Reefs when the man went missing between 2am and 4am, but refused to speculate on the circumstances.
"At this stage that's the subject of investigation... it's primarily a search and rescue operation for us," he said.
"The area is massive, it covers about 96km by 138km."
Four aircraft, three commercial vessels, six dories and a water police boat are currently involved in the search.
The MV Night Crossing is understood to have been on a fishing trip with four crew members and 17 passengers.
Sgt Dean said there were no other vessels around when the man went missing, but two came to the ship's aid after an alert was raised.
He said the mission, which is being coordinated with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra, was a "huge effort" in not ideal conditions.
"We have roughly 20-knot winds and rain squalls," he said.
"We are doing our best to see if we can locate him."
Sgt Dean said although the search area was isolated, some parts of the reef could become exposed at low tide.
Police have spoken to the people on board, though Sgt Dean said their main concern was finding the missing man.
The man's family has been notified.
2.02PM: THE GLADSTONE charter boat from which a crew member went missing early this morning was the MV Night Crossing.
More details to come.
1.41PM: POLICE coordinating the search and rescue operation for a man believed to have gone overboard from a Gladstone charter boat last night have called a media conference for 2pm.
Sergeant Mark Dean is coordinating the search from Rockhampton Police Station.
Police are yet to release any details regarding the name of the crew member or the boat he went missing from, but The Observer understands the missing man is not from Gladstone.
A police boat dispatched to the area this morning is not expected to arrive until some time this evening.
Fixed-wing aircraft remain at the scene.
11.20AM: A BUREAU of Meteorology forecaster says it is difficult to ascertain what the weather conditions near Swain Reefs would have been like last night as it is so far from the coast.
A search and rescue operation is currently underway in the area for a crew member of a Gladstone charter boat who went missing in the early hours of the morning.
Meteorologist Jim Richardson said most of the state's coastline was experiencing south to south-easterly winds, but there was nothing to suggest a storm or another strong weather event might have occurred in the area.
The nearest observation point to where the man is believed to have gone missing is Gannet Cay, a tiny sandbar at the southern end of Swain Reefs National Park.
Mr Richardson said the wind at Gannet Cay stayed mostly around 20 knots last night, with a few gusts from 30-35 knots, but nothing that would warrant a strong wind warning.
A strong marine wind warning currently in place for the Capricornia Coast applies to an area of water closer to the shore and is not expected to affect the search and rescue operation.
10.04AM: A SEARCH and rescue operation is underway for a crew member of a Gladstone charter boat who went missing in the early hours of this morning.
The man is believed to have gone overboard near Swain Reefs, 200km north east of Yeppoon.
He was last seen aboard the 23-metre charter vessel around 2am, two hours before crew raised the alarm with authorities after they could not find the man on board.
Two fixed-wing aircraft are now searching the area and a water police vessel is en route.
The area is too far out for rescue helicopters to reach without refuelling.
Police are appealing to boat users in the area to be on the lookout for the missing man.
This is a developing story. Updates to follow as details emerge.