The family of a windsurfer who died off the coast of Shoalwater said they were devastated by his sudden death.
Jan Wiersma was discovered floating face down after a search and rescue operation involving water police, naval rescue, police air wing, Rockingham police and St John Ambulance was launched at 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon.
The 55-year-old experienced seafarer and engineer was wearing safety equipment and had not sustained any physical injuries.
The avid windsurfer loved the ocean, but his family always came first.
So when Mr Wiersma did not come home yesterday afternoon, his son went in search of him.
Unfortunately, his worst fears were confirmed.
“We saw a helicopter coming, with lots of officers running down the beach and paramedics,” said witness Sam Logan.
A friend desperately tried to revive him before activating a personal emergency lighthouse to alert authorities.
Wiersma was from Holland, but windsurfing had taken him around the world.
The engineer moved his family to Perth – lured by the beautiful beaches.
The loved ones will remember Mr. Wiersma as a gentle kind selfless man who lit up any room.
This weekend, Jan and his wife Fiona would have celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary.