Fishing radio host feared dead in Cape York croc waters

2GB radio’s Fishing Show host, Roman Butchaski, also known as “Butch”, is feared dead after police found his abandoned belongings near croc-infested waters.

According to, Butch disappeared while solo fishing along a river in Cape York on Sunday.

Journalist Harry Clark told 2GB Butchaski’s fishing gear had been discovered ahead of a third day of major search and rescue operations.

“The latest is that the search finished yesterday afternoon and there are air and land searches scheduled to continue again this morning,” Clark said.

“He borrowed a buggy from a friend (and) travelled about an hour to go fishing along the banks of the Olive River. All that they’ve found of Butch is that vehicle and a few personal effects such as a fishing rod that was found on Sunday afternoon, and he hasn’t been seen since.”

Rescue helicopter crews and police have spent three straight days combing the region from dawn to nightfall as fears mount for his safety.

“Emergency services were called to the area late last night night after he failed to return,” Queensland Police said on Monday.

More updates to follow.

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