Two helicopter trips took all seven people to Halls Creek, where they were said to be safe and well. Photos: WA Police
A young family has been winched to safety after they were left stranded on a beach during a fishing trip in east Gippsland.
Relatives called police about 11.30pm on Monday after the couple and their 16-month-old daughter failed to return from a Sandy Point fishing trip.
They had left the shore at Shallow Inlet at 2pm on Monday.
Police launched a major air and water search, which included the air wing, water police, the State Emergency Service, paramedics and the local surf club.
They found the trio safe and well just after 1am, beached on a bank at the inlet.
The family told police they had beached the boat at the northern entrance of the Inlet to fish off the bank, only to be left stranded after the tide receded and they were unable to launch the boat back into the water.
Water Police Sergeant Andrew Lilly said it was alarming that the family had "ventured out on a vessel with no mobile phone and no radio".
"An afternoon of fun could have very quickly turned into a tragedy – it's a recipe for disaster," he said.
Sergeant Lilly urged boating enthusiasts to let someone know about their plans before sailing.