Kayakers rescued off Garden Island after man capsizes during severe weather warning
By Sarah Steger
Two men who went kayaking despite a severe weather and wind warning being in place across parts of the State have been rescued off Garden Island.
Water police received a distress call about 10.30am, when one of the men’s kayaks lost its outrigger in the wild water, causing him to capsize and his EPIRB to activate.
RAC Rescue, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Cockburn Volunteer Sea Search and Rescue were called to assist the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in rescuing the stranded kayakers.
While enduring 91km/h wind gusts, marine and aerial rescue teams eventually managed to locate the pair, winching the man in the water up to the helicopter while escorting the other in his kayak back to shore.
The entire operation took about one hour.
In a Facebook post this afternoon, Cockburn Volunteer Sea Search and Rescue praised the pair for being prepared, despite the capsizing in the rough weather.
They said both kayakers were “very experienced” and had “all the gear required to keep them alive — including the good sense to activate the PLB”.
When The West Australian asked the rescuers why the men chose to go kayaking in the wake of the red alert, they said one of the men told them the vessels they were in were “made for this sort of weather”.
A severe weather warning remains in place across the State’s lower west, with areas including Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury and Albany told to expect wind gusts of 110km/h, heavy showers, thunderstorms and damaging surf.