Man Dies and Two Others Treated for Hypothermia After Boat Accident off West Australian Coast
A tragic incident occurred off the West Australian coast on Sunday, May 14th, when a civilian vessel came across three people in the water near Geraldton. The trio’s boat had been hit by a wave about two nautical miles north-west of the Batavia Coast Boat Harbour, causing them to spend four hours in the water. One man, a local in his 60s, was found dead, while the other two were treated for hypothermia at Geraldton Health Campus.
The incident was reported to the police at approximately 2:15 pm on Sunday. The civilian vessel that found the trio alerted the authorities, and police and St John WA personnel attended the harbour to meet the Geraldton Marine Rescue vessel deployed to the emergency as it returned. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
The Importance of Safety Measures
This tragic incident highlights the importance of safety measures when boating or engaging in water activities. It is crucial to ensure that all safety equipment is on board and in good working condition before setting out to sea. Life jackets, flares, and communication devices are essential items that can save lives in emergency situations.
The loss of life in this incident is a reminder of how quickly things can go wrong when out on the water. It is important to take all necessary precautions to ensure safety when engaging in water activities. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and wish a speedy recovery to those who were treated for hypothermia.