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The search for a deckhand missing from a trawler off Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has been suspended more than 24 hours after he fell overboard.

The search for a deckhand missing from a trawler off Queensland's Sunshine Coast has been suspended.

The man fell overboard about 3.45am yesterday some 80 kilometres off the coast of Point Arkwright.

The crew of the boat threw life rings and an emergency EPIRB device, but the man could not be found.

The trawler is believed to have turned back to find the man after he fell, with the skipper spotting him before a "large wave" passed.

Yesterday's extensive air and sea search was hampered by rough seas, police said.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aircrew officer Scott Reeman said the helicopter was involved in scouring a grid about 40 kilometres off the Sunshine Coast.

"Conditions are poor for searching. There's wind and swell making it difficult," he said yesterday.

"We've been flying a couple of hundred feet above the water, at a slow speed. Unfortunately, we still haven't spotted anything."

Police said the missing man is a foreign national aged in his 40s and the vessel is based in Tin Can Bay, in the Gympie Region south of Fraser Island.

Investigators from the Maritime Safety Authority are investigating the circumstances around the incident.

Source: 9News

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