A Perth woman was treated for hypothermia yesterday after she was found clinging to an esky in King George Sound off Albany.
The woman called police about 2pm and said she was stranded on a capsized kayak with a man and her dog near Mistaken Island.
Rough seas and high winds had caught the trio on their way to the island and pushed them away from shore.
The Albany Volunteer Marine Rescue Service put three boats in the water while State Emergency Service volunteers were deployed as spotters on a search plane.
Volunteers from the AVMRS found the man with the kayak about 3.30pm, 2km from Ledge beach.
The woman was seen 10 minutes later, desperately holding on to the esky almost 1km off Mistaken Island, her dog treading water nearby.
She was taken to Emu Point then rushed to Albany Health Campus for treatment.
AVMRS co-ordinator Noel Francis said it had been a windy, nerve-racking afternoon.
"King George Sound is a huge area and we had very little information to go by after one phone call," he said.
"We were very nervous bec-ause we were aware of the conditions and having people in the water that far away is not a good situation."
He said the rescue would have been much easier if the paddlers were better prepared.
"They had no life jackets and that probably nearly did them in. Why people venture out into the ocean without life jackets is just beyond me," he said.
"The call was made from a mobile phone. Why not buy a hand-held, waterproof radio for $250?
"Most rescues are like that - they're a combination of things that add up to quite a serious incident."
It is not known how the man and woman became separated.
In an unusual twist during the search, AVMRS volunteers rescued another man who was not linked to the initial emergency call.
About 3.20pm, they rushed to the aid of a distressed windsurfer near Herald Reef.
It is understood one of the volunteers broke a rib while rescuing the sailboarder.