Man dies in flood waters at Barcaldine Spillway in outback Queensland

A 46-year-old man drowned in fast-moving floodwaters in west-central Queensland overnight.

Robert Bax was with his family and dogs at the Loyd Jones Weir in Barcaldine around 6.00pm yesterday when he slipped and fell.

Emergency services and SES from the nearby towns of Longreach and Blackall were called to the scene and a full-scale search operation was launched.

More than a dozen firefighters and SES volunteers worked in poor lighting to search for the man.

Sergeant Al McPhee of Barcaldine Police Station said it was unclear whether Mr Bax had tried to walk through the floodwaters.

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