The search for a 60-year-old man missing off the Queensland coast is set to move north.

The Dysart man has been missing since 3am Tuesday after he tried to swim for a boat that was dragging its anchor about 15km off Yeppoon.

He and a 62-year-old mate initially tried to chase the seven-metre boat in an inflatable dingy before trying to swim to the boat. Only the 62-year-old made it.

Searchers covered an area more than 430 sq km northwest of the missing man’s last known location on Wednesday, but did not find him.

They have found the inflatable dinghy and a life jacket.

Police said the search, involving water police, the coast guard and a helicopter, would be extended further north on Thursday to account for currents and the wind.

Meanwhile, about 1000km north, a separate search has been under way since Tuesday evening for a man missing in waters off Innisfail.


Authorities were alerted after a boat belonging to the man was found drifting in the mouth of the Johnstone River about 6.40pm.

A search between South Barnard Islands to Cooper Point failed to find any further sign of the man on Wednesday.