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Six Missing After Trawler Sinks In Queensland

A search is on for six people after their fishing trawler capsized off the central Queensland coast and one of their crewmates survived 12 hours in heavy seas before raising the alarm.

Police say the boat overturned near Middle Island off the town of 1770 about 7.30pm on Monday and sank about midnight.

The male crew member was rescued by a passing boat at 7am on Tuesday.

His six male crewmates remain missing.

Bad weather is hampering the air and water search.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has offered two helicopters and a plane to help with the search.

The area received almost 140mm of rain in the past 24 hours and a severe weather warning remains in place.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting six-hourly rainfall totals of up to 180mm on Tuesday, with possible thunderstorms.

AAP

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