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Man killed in overnight Mandurah boating tragedy

A man has died after a boating incident near Mandurah in the early hours of Friday morning. 

It’s understood, two men were on a small dinghy when it hit a marker in the Peel Inlet near Boundary Island about 1:15am.

It’s believed the impact threw the two men into the water.

The vessel’s throttle was left in gear, which caused the boat to continue, with no one on board, and leave the two men behind.

A nearby boat user managed to pick the two up and rush them to Mariners Cove Boat Ramp off Waterlily Drive in Dudley Park. 

The passenger in the boat, a man, in his 30s, sustained serious injuries and tragically died at the scene. 

The boat’s skipper, a man, in his 20s, sustained minor injuries and is assisting police with their inquiries. 

Police managed to locate the boat several hours later, before 7, this morning.

Both vessels, the boat the two were picked up in and the boat they were on at the time of the accident, were forensically examined at the Mariners Cove Boat Ramp before they were taken away.

The vessel pictured, understood to be the boat the two men were picked up in, was towed to the Water Police headquarters at Mandurah Ocean Marina. 

Mandurah’s water conditions were calm overnight with only 5 knot north-westerly winds at the time of the incident. 

Police are investigating.

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reeks' interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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