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DEVIL'S POOL| Search for missing man in popular Babinda swimming hole

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UPDATE| Around 10am this morning police divers retrieved the body of a man just south of Devils Pool at Babinda Boulders.

Police would like to thank SES, QFES and the community for their assistance.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

 

UPDATE| Police are still undergoing a search and rescue operation for a man missing after going for a swim in a Far North Queensland water hole.
He has not been found by Police and SES since running into trouble while swimming with a friend at the Devil's Pool at Babinda Boulders late yesterday.
Acting Inspector Brett Jenkin says it's dangerous place to swim:
 
"It is a restricted area, it is well-fenced, it is restricted for a reason, it's a dangerous area!
 
There's 18 signs between this area and that to warn people not to go into that area and for good reason". 
EARLIER| 
 
Police and SES crews are back out today searching for a Brisbane man who went missing at a popular swimming hole in the Far North.
 
The 37-year-old failed to resurface while swimming with a friend in the Devil's Pool at Babinda Boulders near Cairns.
 
Acting Sergeant Heidi Marek says that he wasn't able to be located as of late last night: 
 
"A search did recommence as of 6 this morning but we expect the police dive squad to head in later today". 
 
It's understood the man was camping with a group of friends in the area. 
 
Last year, 18-year-old Madison Tam drowned while swimming at Devil's pool, which is known for its deceptively strong currents.
 
(Photo: Queensland Police Service. Supplied.)