One man is dead and another injured after a vessel capsized near Rottnest Island
- A commercial barge has collided with a recreational boat in Western Australia
- Police boats were called to the area near Rottnest Island just after 12pm AWST
- One man has tragically died and another is injured man was treated on shore
One person has died after a collision between a recreational boat and a commercial barge off the coast of Fremantle, Western Australia.
A ferry on the way to Rottnest Island is understood to have assisted the overturned recreational vessel and called police and Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue who arrived about 12.30pm AWST.
‘As a result of the collision … two people onboard went into the water. An 80-year-old man is deceased and a 77-year-old man was conveyed back to shore and treated by medical staff for minor injuries.’ a police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
A capsized vessel was assisted on Saturday by a ferry on the way to Rottnest Island (pictured) off the Western Australia coast
It is understood the 80-year-old man’s body has been recovered and police confirmed they are investigating the incident.
Shortly after it is understood police were also alerted to a boat fire about a kilometre off the shore of Quindalup in Geographe Bay, south of Rottnest Island.
There have also been reports of a fatality in a separate incident near a boat in the water off the coast of Hillarys, north of Perth, on Saturday morning.
Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue told Daily Mail Australia they were first on the scene and assisted the injured man.
The recreational vessel has been towed back to shore for examination by investigators.
Police were called to the area just after 12pm AWST and a rescue operation is reportedly underway (file image)