Dramatic footage has emerged of the moments a man and woman were pulled from chest deep water at Collins Pool in Herron, south of Mandurah, after a camping trip gone wrong.
The relief in the man’s voice is palpable as he was pulled from the water.
“Thank you ever so much,” the man can be heard saying.
“We lost our bearings in the end … we didn’t know which way we were heading.”
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The dramatic incident unfolded in the early hours of Monday morning.
The 68-year-old man and 24-year-old woman were part of a group of 15 people who entered the water about 9pm on Sunday.
When they did not return to the shore with the rest of the group, they were reported missing about 12.30am.
Mandurah Police, Police Air Wing and Peel Water Police were deployed in a search and rescue mission, with the helicopter able to spot the pair in the water.
The police helicopter crew eventually located them huddled together in chest-deep water just west of Brunswick Island.
Peel Water Police were directed to their location and about 2.10am they were rescued from the water.
They were taken to the Island Point boat ramp where St John Ambulance personnel treated them.
Fortunately, neither was seriously injured.
Peel Water Police Sgt Troy Pillage said the incident was a reminder of how things can quickly go wrong in the water.
“All marine-based activities can pose a danger to those involved, especially when conditions change or unexpected things occur,” he said.
“It is critical that anyone venturing into the water considers their safety, which should include some form of life-vest and an EPIRB.
“If you are in a large group, make sure you keep an eye on each other and regularly communicate with each other so that any signs of distress can be identified and acted on as quickly as possible.”