Search for boat, grief follows fishing mishap

Picture: file image.
Picture: file image.

Sergeant Michael Wear said ‘we express our sympathies to the family’ while Two Rocks Volunteer Marine Rescue Group Commander Jeff Howe offered sympathies on behalf of its members.

Mr Navin (38) and his neighbour Ivan Hallissey (36) were rescued off the coast of Two Rocks on Monday last week after their boat sank.

Their EPIRB was activated at 10am, launching a search operation involving Water Police, Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue, Two Rocks rescue and the Surf Life Saving WA and police helicopters.

The men were found after three hours, with the Two Rocks crew pulling an unconscious Mr Navin from the water. Mr Hallissey remained in stable condition at Royal Perth Hospital yesterday when the Times went to press.

Mr Navin was soon to marry fiancee Ember O’Brien.

‘The tragedy is only intensified by the fact I and the world have lost such a beautiful person, who was already my heart and soul but was to become my husband in less than three weeks,’ Ms O’Brien said in a statement.

‘The thought of never being able to have our planned child only adds to my pain. The only positive outcome is that through his gift of organ donation, five others will have a chance of life.’

Sgt Wear said Water Police searched for the sunken boat for two days but the search had been called off.