Man missing after boat capsized

A WOMAN was forced to swim at least three hours to shore in darkness, and a man remains missing, after a freak wave capsized their boat off the Gold Coast overnight.

Police said a 29-year-old woman and 39-year-old man were fishing the ocean off Surfers Paradise when a freak wave hit their 4.2 metre fibreglass boat shortly around 2am.

The boat began taking on water and sank.

The couple tread water together for a time before becoming separated.

The woman managed to swim to shore getting out of the water at Main Beach.

An air, sea and shoreline search is underway for the missing man this morning and the primary search area is the stretch of coast between Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

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