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Sunshine Coast spearfisher Mike Daniell has been found dead 20 metres underwater on the ocean floor

Tragedy as surfer, 27, fails to resurface while diving with his mate – before his body is found on the ocean floor by a loved one who joined police search

  • Mike Daniell was spearfishing on the Sunshine Coast when failed to resurface 
  • His body was found 20m underwater on the ocean floor off Mudjimba Island 
  • Daniell, 27, was an experienced diver and had been on many spearfishing trips
  • He was a builder by profession and supported a range of projects and causes

A young builder and keen surfer has been found dead on the ocean floor after a diving trip went horribly wrong off Mudjimba Island.

Mike Daniell, 27, was spearfishing with his mate on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland when he failed to resurface on Saturday morning.

A loved one who joined police with their search mission tragically discovered Mr Daniell’s body 20 metres underwater on the ocean floor about 1pm.

‘They [family and friends] were at the scene as it was 20 metres of water and one of the persons located him on the ocean floor,’ Murray Lyons from the Sunshine Coast Water Police told Nine News

His family members and friends sobbed and hugged one another after the heart-wrenching discovery.

Mr Daniell, who had been on many spearfishing expeditions in the past, had dived off a small boat with a weight belt on.

Mike Daniell, 27, (pictured) was spearfishing with his mate on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland when he failed to resurface on Saturday morning

Mike Daniell, 27, (pictured) was spearfishing with his mate on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland when he failed to resurface on Saturday morning

Police suspect Mr Daniell might have blacked out while resurfacing. 

An investigation is underway to establish the possible cause of death.

Mr Daniell was a passionate builder and founded Belong Constructions in Bli Bli, a suburb in the Sunshine Coast region, a few years ago.

He was popular among mates and others as ‘Mike – the builder.’

‘He followed his passions and begun his career as an apprentice carpenter,’ his website read.

‘After completing his apprenticeship he subcontracted for a number of years then decided it was time to offer his expertise direct to clients as a builder.’

Mr Daniell, who had been on many spearfishing expeditions in the past, had dived off a tinnie with a weight belt on

Mr Daniell, who had been on many spearfishing expeditions in the past, had dived off a tinnie with a weight belt on

Mr Daniell was associated with many causes including Compassion Australia, Gospel for Asia, OM worldwide, Orphans Promise, Goodlife community centre and Homes of Hope.

‘Mike runs construction projects in Suva, Fiji each year, where his team invest into those less fortunate.

‘They have completed a number of projects over the years including: building a number of new homes for single mums and there children to give them and there family a fresh start at life.’             

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