The body of a missing boatie who didn’t return home was found overnight while his companion was rescued after spending eight hours paddling at sea.
A miraculous tale of survival was marred by the death of a man whose body was recovered after his boat capsized off the coast of Tasmania.
Two men failed to return home on Thursday afternoon, triggering a frantic search.
The mass air and sea search began in Norfolk Bay about 6pm yesterday after the two men – who were on board a white, 3m plastic motorised dinghy – vanished.
They had left Premaydena, in the South-east region of the state, several hours earlier.
Once the alarm was raised and the search commenced, a police marine unit later found one of the men about one mile away from shore at about 10.30pm.
He was wearing a personal flotation device at the time.
The man in his 30s was taken to hospital for treatment after spending about eight hours treading water.
An Australian Maritime Safety Authority challenger aircraft, two police vessels, Kingborough and Dodges Ferry volunteer marine rescue units and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter all combed the bay for a second night in search of the second
The vessel was last spotted overturned in an area north of Premaydena.
Tasmania Police confirmed on Friday morning that the body of the second man was found overnight.
“Our thoughts are with the man’s loved ones, and police would like to thank all those who assisted with the search,” police said in a statement.
The man is yet to be formally identified.