A man stranded on an Albany beach after his kayak overturned has thanked rescuers for freeing him from his predicament.
Perth man Ian Kaye, 39, was kayaking to Mistaken Island with his fiancee Leanne Rattray, 36, and their dog Sergie on New Year's Eve when a strong headwind pushed them out to sea.
Ms Rattray was found clinging to an esky and suffering hypothermia at 3.37pm in King George Sound.
She made an emergency call for assistance to Albany police at 2pm. Three Albany Sea Rescue vessels, one commercial vessel and one recreational vessel searched for the couple.
A plane with State Emergency Service spotters aboard and a police helicopter were on standby.
Albany Sea Rescue skipper Chris Johns said the pair were lucky to have been found quickly in what was potentially a serious situation.
"It is a great result due to the combined efforts of police and emergency services," Mr Johns said.
"They had lost their mobile phone signal and if they hadn't got that initial call out who knows what might have happened. All vessels are required to carry personal safety devices and in this case they had none . . . this is something that is of increasing concern to Albany Sea Rescue that kayakers are not carrying adequate gear."
Mr Kaye said he was thankful to all involved.
"I have kayaked in Perth before but not in Albany," he said. "Thanks to the rescue team for getting to us and getting us out of the predicament we were in."
While searching for the missing kayakers, an Albany Sea Rescue Squad member sustained minor rib injuries while involved in the rescue of an Albany man from near Skippy Reef who had been swept out to sea while windsurfing.
Mr Kaye was found at 3.23pm with the kayak on the western end of Ledge Beach and Ms Rattray was found shortly after in the water about 1.5km away clinging to an esky with the dog by her side.