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Body found near Clontarf is man missing after boat capsize

The body of a man who went missing after a boat capsized off the waters near Balgowlah Heights on the weekend has been located at Clontarf today.

Just before 10am this morning (Wednesday 26 January 2022), police were called to Middle Harbour, after reports two fishermen located a dead body in the water near Washaway Beach, between Clontarf and Balgowlah Heights.

It is near where the man’s dog was found alive in a cave days earlier.

The body was recovered by the Marine Area Command and has since been identified as that of the missing 49-year-old man, Darren Huber.

Darren Huber, 49, had fathered a daughter. We understand he was schooled in Narrabeen and had strong ties to the Beaches.

The man was living in a van in the North Shore and Northern Beaches area and had, according to police, brought his dog Max along to test out a boat from acquaintance, 25 year old Forest Kousal, who we understand is from the Manly area.

Speaking at Manly Police Station on the weekend,  Inspector Andrew Veale said the pair had set off at 9pm from Tunks Park in Northbridge but the boat had probably flipped as it entered more turbulent waters around Dobroyd Head.

Cries for help were heard off Little Manly before sunrise on Saturday, and a man was rescued soon after. The body of the other man on the boat has just been recovered.

The younger man was rescued hours later at Little Manly and the dog was located the following day.

A full scale land and sea search operation had been underway since Mr Huber went missing.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.


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