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Port Phillip Bay tragedy

Posted by: Ben Wise, Ellen Feely | 30 November, 2011 - 8:53 AM
Police searching for the missing kayakers (Image: Yvette Gray)

Victoria Police have now ruled out the possibility of a third kayaker missing after the discovery of two bodies on Wednesday morning.

*Scroll down to listen to Neil Mitchell's interview with police*

Moorabbin Police's Inspector Tim Henson told 3AW two bodies were located on Wednesday after two men went fishing on motorised kayaks in Port Phillip Bay at 6:30am on Tuesday.

The men, a 40-year-old man from Ardeer and a 36-year-old man from Windsor, were reported missing at 11pm on Tuesday night.

Police Airwing and other emergency services and volunteers launched a search just before midnight and two vehicles were found at the Sandringham Yacht Club at 1am Wednesday.

At around 6am on Wednesday a body was located at the mouth of the Patterson River and at 8:30am a second body was discovered in Port Phillip Bay.

Both kayaks were found on the Seaford foreshore and Inspector Henson said both men were wearing life jackets, saying 'this just appears to be a real tragedy'.

Inspector Henson said it's believed both men were not very experienced at using the motorised kayaks.

EARLIER: Police have confirmed the discovery of a second body in Port Phillip Bay at Seaford.

The body of an unidentified male was found in the Patterson River at Carrum just after 6am on Wednesday.

There are unconfirmed reports of the discovery of a third body, which Channel Nine reporting it was discovered after 8.00am this morning.

The Water Police, the Police Airwing and the SES have been searching through the night of up to three missing kayakers who set out from Sandringham Yacht Club on Wednesday.

Police cannot confirm whether the confirmed bodies found are those of the missing kayakers.

There were rough conditions in Port Phillip Bay on Tuesday, with waves of up to 1.5 metres reported.

Police examine a kayak at Seaford Beach.

Police examine a kayak at Seaford Beach. Photo: Wayne Taylor

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Police patrol the beach after terrible discovery. Photo: Yvette Gray

PLAY: Neil Mitchell gets an update from police at 11:15am

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  • All People who go onto the water should have to be licenced or a up to date member of a water sport club with rules of water safty in place.

    Melody Wednesday 30 November, 2011 - 10:54 PM
  • They obviously knew nothing about Port Phillip Bay, it is notorious for changing in a matter of minutes.

    janet p Wednesday 30 November, 2011 - 2:04 PM

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