Unfortunately, they were both found dead in the water the following day, with one kayak and body washed up near the Patterson River and the other located in the water just offshore from Seaford. Both were reported to be wearing life jackets.
|Police investigating sea kayak at Seaford. Source: The Age|
|Sea kayak on the beach at Seaford. Source: Trevor Pinder, Heraldsun|
The kayaks were "sit on" craft that were setup for fishing and had small electric motors. You can see a paddle still attached to one craft in the photos, so they were equipped with a double-bladed kayak paddle too.
Looking at the wind graph for the day, strong northerlies came in during the morning, which may have blown them offshore and into difficulty.
Around 2pm the wind changed to a westerly, also around 25 knots, which would have carried them across to where they were eventually found.
There will be Coroner's inquest into this, but it may take a year or so to deliver findings.
This tragedy highlights the need for caution on Port Phillip Bay with any water activity.
- It is well worth seeking local advice before heading out on an adventure, whether it be sailing, kitesurfing, fishing or SUPing. Check the weather forecast and if in doubt, don't go out.
- Consider carrying a Personal Locator Beacon.
- Tell someone your trip intentions before you go.
- Wear a wetsuit or equivalent clothing to keep you warm if you end up spending time in the water. You can get "hydroskin" and other specialist clothing for kayaking that allows good movement but can still keep you warm if immersed.
- Bodies wash up in bay as kayakers vanish, The Age
- Bodies of two men reported missing on kayak fishing trip found, The Australian
- Two men drown after kayak trip on Port Phillip Bay, Herald Sun
- Kayaker shared farewell words of love to fiance before death, Herald Sun
- Tragic kayakers mates to the end, Herald Sun