A 44-year-old man went on a fishing trip with his friends from Hillarys Boat Harbour this morning, and unfortunately never made it home alive.
A man has tragically died and his friend has been taken to hospital after they lost control of their boat north of Perth on Sunday during a fishing trip.
Police say the vessel capsized about 7.30am on Sunday, sparking a boating emergency.
Sergeant Paul Crawshaw from the Water Police said the tragedy unfolded when the men were ejected from the boat after they lost control.
Sgt Crawshaw said one of the men was struck by the propeller of the boat and died from his injuries.
"The man driving the boat has been ejected from one side of the boat, his friend on board has tried to help him but as a result has also been thrown out of the vessel," he said.
"The vessel continued in gear and sadly the propeller is believed to have struck one of the men in the head.
"Its nothing more than a tragic accident."
The surviving man was able to swim to shore and was taken to Joondalup Hospital for treatment for shock and hypothermia.
The dinghy was recovered from water near the entrance of the boat harbour.
A report will be prepared for the Coroner.
Police say the men were good mates but were not related.
Sgt Crawshaw said water conditions were good at the time but he said he understood the men were not wearing life jackets.
"The wearing of life jackets can never be a bad thing ... even when the conditions seem calm and innocuous," he said.
"The fact is on the water... sometimes things can take you by surprise and something occurs that can result in a loss of control.
"If people aren't wearing life jackets or ready for whatever it is that happens, it can result in tragic outcomes."