Man Dead After Jumping Into Waters at Manly Harbour

Authorities have confirmed the death of a 46-year-old man after jumping into the waters at Manly Harbour late last night.



A frantic search operation was done after he failed to resurface.

A search operation was done after he failed to resurface.
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The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, overseeing the marina where the incident occurred, expressed deep sadness and shock. CEO Karen Baldwin conveyed the sorrow felt by their team, mentioning the lack of on-site staff during the late hours when the tragedy unfolded.

CEO Karen Baldwin of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron
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Emergency services swiftly responded to the call for help at Davenport Drive, near the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. Police, fire, rescue, and ambulance services mobilized immediately, commencing an extensive water search at first light this morning.

The search, involving Water Police, Police divers, and specialized emergency units, concluded tragically with the discovery of a body. The process of formal identification is underway, with authorities preparing a report for the coroner.

This incident adds to recent tragedies in bayside waters, further impacting the close-knit community. Just days ago, another incident claimed three lives when a boat capsized near Green Island in Moreton Bay during a fishing trip on Boxing Day.



The CEO, Karen Baldwin, highlighted the festive season and expressed profound condolences for the family and friends affected by this unexpected loss. The entire community mourns alongside the family, sharing in their sorrow during what should have been a joyful time of the year.

As investigations continue into the circumstances surrounding this heartbreaking event, the community grapples with the shock and sadness of this sudden loss. The residents of Manly are urged to support each other during this difficult time, extending their thoughts and sympathies to those impacted.

Published 2-January-2024

Have Your Say About the Manly Harbour Village Precinct Project

The city council is urging the local community around Manly to have their say on the Manly Harbour Village Precinct Project which aims to revitalise the neighbourhood shopping precinct on Cambridge Parade as well as a section of the Esplanade. 

The project, which will cost $890,000, will improve the amenity, connection, and safety for residents and visitors to the centre whilst instilling a stronger community sense of place and pride. At the same time, the project aims to contribute to economic growth in the area. 

Among the improvements included in the neighbourhood project are: 

  • Footpath upgrades to improve accessibility, areas of underutilised space and visual amenity
  • Improving pedestrian safety and accessibility by upgrading existing crossing points
  • Tree planting to improve visual and physical amenity while providing shade
  • Groundcover plantings to new and existing garden beds
  • Standard and unique street furniture
  • Creating placemaking opportunities and delivering creative outcomes
Photo credit: Brisbane City Council

Read: Big Changes Planned For Manly Boat Harbour; New Ideas Sought


Consultation via information kiosks on site has just been completed, but the local community can still provide feedback about the project through the online survey until midnight on Sunday, 20 September 2020

The survey aims to know and understand what the local community think is important in their neighbourhood. The result of the consultation will influence the design concept which will be presented back to the community in the middle of November 2020. 

Construction is planned to start in early 2021 and should be completed in mid-2021, depending on weather and site conditions. 

For more information about the Manly Harbour Village Precinct Project, contact Council on 07 3403 8888.