UPDATE 1:16pm A boat is being towed back to Dawesville after activating an emergency beacon around noon.

A police spokeswoman said people on board the vessel activated the Epirb after a mechanical breakdown and the vessel was in a location with no radio or phone coverage.

She said the vessel was now under tow and returning to Dawsville.

The RAC Rescue helicopter, a Water Police vessel and two other vessels headed to where an Epirb was activated around 12.15pm.

A police spokesman said RCC Australia had advised Water Police of an Epirb activation approximately 20 nautical miles west of Dawesville.

The helicopter and two rescue vessels have been stood down.

The West Australian

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