A 47-year-old Kalamunda man killed when his 6m boat was overturned by a wave off Exmouth yesterday was on a camping trip with his son and friends when the tragedy unfolded.
Friends of Phil Blake, a father of two who worked in the mining industry, have described him as a larrikin who was always keen to help out.
His neighbour of 14 years, Diana Davis, whose husband was on the camping trip with Mr Blake, said he was a loving father and husband and a "really great mate".
She said Mr Blake was a Tasmanian who "liked to stir the pot" and enjoyed having a beer with his friends.
She said Mr Blake's wife Sandra was devastated but "holding it together" and had lots of support.
"He got on really well with his kids," Ms Davis said. "He was a great neighbour - he and Sandy are very funny people. My husband is really, really upset."
Mr Blake's eldest son Kyle, a husband and wife and their seven-year-old son are believed to have been fishing from the boat when it capsized near North West Reef about 10km north of Exmouth, about 9.20am.
A vessel travelling near their boat sent out a mayday call and those aboard pulled those in the water out and took them to shore.
The injured couple were flown to Perth by the Royal Flying Doctor Service and taken to Royal Perth Hospital.
Their son was not seriously injured but was flown to Perth and taken to Princess Margaret Hospital for checks.
Mr Blake's son suffered minor injuries and was treated at Exmouth Hospital.
Exmouth shire president Turk Shales said a "very hazardous" 4.6m swell had been reported in the area yesterday. "We really feel for the loss but when you've got seas like that it can be treacherous," Mr Shales said.Water Police Sgt Michael Weir said the boat was side-on when it was struck by the wave, which caused it to roll.