Boat tragedy at Outer Harbor

Source: South Australia Police

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the death of a man in waters off of Outer Harbor last night.

The alarm was raised just after 6.15pm on Thursday 4 March, when a 15ft fibreglass boat suffered engine trouble and capsized near the southern Outer Harbor breakwater with both occupants on board falling into the water.

The Police Helicopter (PolAir) made it’s way to the area, spotting two men in the water after the boat sunk. One man was winched to safety onboard PolAir, but sadly the second man was found to be unresponsive and his body was recovered by Police Water Operations members onboard the police boat, a short time later.

The injured man a 66-year-old from Smithfield Plains was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with chest injuries which are not considered life threatening.

The death of the 77-year-old man from Windsor Gardens is not considered suspicious; Western District Police are preparing a report for the Coroner.