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WARNING | Avoid Touching Suspicious Items Found On Beach


Marine Location Marker.  Image Credit: QPS 

The Queensland Police Service is urging campers and beachgoers to report suspicious items that wash up on beaches after a marine location marker was found on a Cape York beach.

Bamaga Police Officer in Charge, Senior Sergeant Andrew Pool was recently on a day off beach combing with his son when they found a marine location marker on the eastern beach south of the tip of Cape York near Fly Point.

“Disturbingly, this marine location marker was found standing on it’s ‘trigger’ end which indicated that someone had handled it prior to me locating it,” Senior Sergeant Pool said.

“The location marker was in the armed position and whilst not explosive, the gas designed to be released by the device is toxic to humans.”


PLO Aaron Binawel from Thursday Island Water Police

Members of the Australian Defence Force Explosive Ordnance Services with the assistance of Thursday Island Police Water Police, destroyed the marker.

Members of the community are reminded to avoid suspicious devices washed up on beaches.

It is unknown where this canister originated as they are used by both civilian and military personnel.

If you locate any items like this or other suspicious containers, do not attempt to move or open them but call Triple Zero (000) to report the discovery.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.