Popular fishing show host missing in NQ croc country


A renowned fisherman from Sydney has been reported missing while on a solo fishing trip in a remote part of Far North Queensland.

Roman “Butch” Butchaski was last seen Sunday morning leaving Bramwell Station, near the tip of the Cape York Peninsula, to go fishing on the banks of the Olive River, on the cape’s eastern coastline.

Concern was raised after Butchaski, an experienced fisherman aged in his 70s who regularly appears as a guest on various radio fishing segments, failed to return to the Bramwell homestead in the afternoon.

Butchaski had borrowed a ‘side by side’ buggy from a friend at the homestead, which was last night found parked at the Olive River. Personal belongings including a fishing rod were found with the vehicle.

It’s understood he had intended to walk along the banks of the river, which is a known habitat for crocodiles, while casting lures.

Roman “Butch” Butchaski is a renowned fisherman from Sydney, who regularly appears on radio fishing segments

Authorities were last night notified via a 000 phone call. Family members have also been notified of Butchaski’s disappearance.

It’s understood a helicopter began searching the area last night, while a ground search team was being assembled Monday morning.

Members of the public who may be able to assist with information on Butchaski’s whereabouts are urged to contact police.

The Olive River in Far North Queensland, from where Roman Butchaski has disappeared. IMAGE: Kerry Trapnell
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