Two men are found and a third perishes after boat capsized off coast of Western Australia: Trio were trapped in freezing water for hours near Alkimos
- Boat capsized off a coastal suburb north of Perth
- Two men survived and one died before help arrived
- Survivors ‘heartbroken’ after losing ‘good friend’
Two men who survived being stranded at sea after a rogue wave capsized their boat have relived the ‘heartbreaking’ moment their friend died before help arrived.
The three Western Australian men ran into trouble on Friday when their anchor snagged on the seabed about 18.5km off Alkimos, a coastal suburb north of Perth.
The trio were then thrown into the water after the boat was hit by a rogue wave and capsized.
Emergency services, including a rescue helicopter and water police, rushed to help another vessel that saw the capsized boat and pulled the men aboard.
Jason Whitehouse and Phil Miers survived the tragic accident after floating for two hours in freezing water.
Jason Whitehouse and Phil Miers (pictured) floated in freezing water for two hours alongside their friend who passed away after their boat capsized
The pair’s friend fell ill while waiting in the water and sadly passed away before help arrived
The pair were stranded next to the body of their friend, who after falling ill, died before help arrived.
Mr Whitehouse and Mr Miers said they are ‘heartbroken’ they have ‘lost a good friend’.
‘His infectious laugh and friendly nature will be greatly missed,’ they told 9News.
Two fishermen, Clive and Ian who were out on their own trip, spotted the men in distress and pulled them to safety.
‘Thank you to Clive and Ian who spotted us, pulled us to safety and even gave us their clothes to warm up,’ the pair said. Our wives and families will be forever grateful.’
The capsized boat has since been towed back to shore and seized as part of an investigation into the cause surrounding the accident
Police said Mr Whitehouse and Mr Miers were wearing life jackets and had deployed an orange emergency flare when they found themselves in trouble.
‘There was a fair bit of swell out there today… the seas can be quite an unforgiving environment,’ Senior Sergeant Jamie Brennan told media on Friday.
The capsized boat has since been towed back to shore and seized as part of an investigation into the cause surrounding the accident.
A report is also being prepared for the coroner.