WA Police suspend search for woman off Yallingup coast

A marine search for a 23 year-old woman has been suspended by police. Photo supplied.
A marine search for a 23 year-old woman has been suspended by police. Photo supplied.

A woman being washed off the rocks at Indijidup Beach has led to renewed calls for better signage about the dangerous coastline.

On Sunday afternoon a 23 year-old woman was with two friends when she was washed off the rocks.

Emergency services were called around 1.20pm and began a marine and aerial search.

Police said they turned the search into a recovery mission on Monday.

Police announced on Wednesday morning that the recovery search was suspended 'pending new information'.

Her family are aware of the ongoing search operation.

The incident comes after Singaporean man Heng Yi Goh lost his life in the same area at the start of July.

Vasse MLA Libby Mettam said it was a treacherous coastline that many locals were aware of but visitors were not.

"There is signage but in light of this tragic death and also the fact that this is the second death at this site this year I have written to the Minister for Environment, asking that the department consider installing larger signs that addresses the recent fatalities and the direct risk to swimmers and general sightseers to the spa," she said.

"Speaking with locals and emergency services personnel and there is support for this request.

"As the spa is usually quite a popular spot with international visitors, it could be helpful if new signage could include translations into different languages.

"This is a very popular and beautiful spot and any action to make this a safer place to visit is important."

WA Premier Mark McGowan said the situation was tragic and felt for everyone involved.

"Western Australia is a big and beautiful place, but there is an element of danger so I urge everyone to please be careful," he said.

Surf Life Saving WA issued a warning to beachgoers on Monday as statistics showed that 14 lives were lost on the WA coast last season. General Manager Lifesaving, Chris Peck said as people start to head back to the beach, they need to be vigilant about their own safety, and that of friends and family, when they participate in coastal recreation activities

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