Boatie is killed and another rushed to hospital after the vessel crashed with a navigation marker as a huge search is launched for others on board
- Boat carrying four people crashed just south of Perth
- Woman, 54, is dead and another, 52, remains missing
- Man, 47, has been hospitalised with serious injuries
A desperate search is underway for a missing woman after a boat crash south of Perth which has left one dead and another in hospital with serious injuries.
Police were called to an area near Pinjarra Road and Soldiers Cove Terrace in Mandurah just after 10pm on Saturday after a boat carrying four people hit a red post marker in the estuary.
The force of the collision near the Mandurah Bridge sent two women, aged 54 and 52, overboard.
Police recovered the 54-year-old from the water but she was unable to be revived at the scene, with authorities still searching to find the 52-year-old.
The boat’s 47-year-old male driver was taken to Royal Perth Hospital in a serious condition while another man, 54, was uninjured.
On Saturday night, Duty Inspector Vic Hussey said a significant amount of police resources were being thrown into the search effort.
A search operation is underway (pictured) for a missing person after a fatal boat crash in Mandurah, south of Perth
‘We are currently searching the water potentially for at least one person that may be missing from a vessel that was involved in a collision,’ he said.
‘Regrettably there is one person that is deceased as a result of this collision.’
Locals have reported hearing helicopters circling the area on Saturday night and on Sunday morning as the rescue effort remains underway.
Detectives are investigating the cause of the crash and anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
Mandurah is a large regional coastal city about 70km from the centre of Perth that is home to more than 90,000 people.
The tragedy comes hours after revellers had to be rescued from a boat in Freemantle after it crashed into a navigation marker just before 4.30pm on Saturday.
The impact caused some members of the group, who were onboard to celebrate a 26th birthday, to fall over and the boat began taking on water.
Guests were given life jackets and the damaged boat was navigated back to the boat harbour. No injuries were reported.
The boat carrying for people hit a red post marker near Mandurah Bridge (pictured) on Saturday night