UPDATE 3.15pm Rough conditions have halted the search for a 22-year-old man missing from off the coast of Margaret River. Rescuers will reconsider in the morning whether to resume.
The man disappeared while bodyboarding in treacherous surf yesterday afternoon.
The man’s 29-year-old friend was found dead after being plucked from the water off Redgate Beach at about 1.30pm.
The dead man has been named as American tourist Ian Bradley Vincent.
It is understood a third man raised the alarm after two men were caught in a rip.
Relatives of the men spent some time at Redgate Beach today as the search continued for the missing 22-year-old.
The swell was about 2m smaller than yesterday but winds picked up, making the search more difficult.
A police spokeswoman said the marine and air search started at first light with a helicopter, three Volunteer Marine Rescue vessels and two jet skis. A number of State Emergency Services personnel were also deployed on the beach.
A helicopter, two jet skis, three volunteer marine rescue vessels and the State Emergency Service are involved in this morning’s search
Rescuers spent several hours yesterday searching for the 22-year-old man but stopped for the evening about 6pm and resumed the search today at 6am.
A police spokeswoman said Mr Vincent was surfing yesterday afternoon on a boogie board "when it is understood conditions became treacherous."
A Surf Life Saving WA spokesman yesterday said there was a small swell but strong rips at the beach, which was not patrolled by surf lifesavers.
Redgate beach is a popular local surf spot south of Margaret River.