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Australian man missing in waters off Indonesia

Shaun Daly vanished off the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia. Picture: Martin Daly via NCA NewsWire

Friends and family of an Australian man who has been missing in waters off Indonesia since the weekend have raised thousands of dollars in a bid to help with the desperate search for the “fearless” ocean lover.

Shaun Daly, who is originally from Zimbabwe but lives in Cairns, vanished off the Mentawai Islands after going spearfishing on Saturday morning.

His brother Martin, who is based in Western Australia, told NCA NewsWire the 26-year-old commercial diver had always been a water lover.

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“He’s pretty tough and he’s used to the water, so I don’t know how this has happened,” he said.

“He’s pretty fearless and if anyone is going to survive, it’s probably going to be him.”

More than $47,000 has been raised so far. Picture: Go Fund Me via NCA NewsWire
More than $47,000 has been raised so far. Picture: Go Fund Me via NCA NewsWire

Mr Daly said his brother was last seen alive about 10am on Saturday when a man on a boat stopped to speak to him.

“He asked what he was up to because you don’t usually see people spearfishing there,” Mr Daly said.

“The main danger is probably the current … he’s in the middle of nowhere.”

Shaun Daly was last seen about 10am on Saturday. Picture: Martin Daly via NCA NewsWire
Shaun Daly was last seen about 10am on Saturday. Picture: Martin Daly via NCA NewsWire

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to raise money to help with the search and rescue efforts.

So far, more than $47,000 has been raised.

Mr Daly said it cost about $13,700 to organise a plane for five hours, so most of the cash was going towards that expenditure.

He said the Indonesia navy had also sent divers to the area to assist.

The islands are to the left. Picture: Google Maps
The islands are to the left. Picture: Google Maps

On the fundraiser page, Mr Daly thanked the “amazing people” who had donated and offered well wishes.

“I promise you he is worth every cent,” he wrote.

“There are amazing people on the ground looking tirelessly to find him with expats, local Indonesians, local police, Indonesian navy and a plane flying overhead.

“It is the third day in and there was bad weather last night, but we are feeling positive for the day ahead. I couldn’t thank you all enough.”

Many friends and family have taken to social media during the search, including one who said she hoped he was on an island watching the surf.

“If anyone can make it home it’s Frotha,” another friend wrote.

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