The relieved wife of a fisherman dramatically rescued from shark infested waterson Friday has expressed her gratitude but remains fearful for her still missing nephew.
Sean Coffey, 23, has not been found more than 48 hours since the boat he and two others were fishing on capsized after it was smashed by two massive waves in waters off Leeman, 270 kilometres north of Perth.
His friend Bryce Weppner, 24, was pulled from the water on Friday afternoon but was later declared dead.
Mr Coffey's uncle, 49-year-old Kim Thomsen, was rescued alive but exhausted about midday on Friday and is recovering in hospital.
As he desperately struggled to stay afloat, it is believed the naked man was unaware that a large hammerhead shark was circling him about 20 metres away.
His wife, Michelle Thomsen, has been keeping family and friends up-to-date on his recovery and the rescue effort for Mr Coffey via Facebook.
"Please keep everything crossed and pray to everyone you can think for the return to my nephew," she posted on her profile yesterday afternoon.
"So relieved that my naked fisherman was found and still praying for my nephew will be found safe and sound."
Mrs Thomsen also said she was happy her husband, who is Danish, had been found and thanked search and rescuers.
Today, a spokesman from Royal Perth Hospital said while Mr Thomsen's condition was stable, he is not expected to be discharged for at least another 24 hours.
"He's sleeping very soundly. Would be exhausted after swimming for 20 hours," Mrs Thomsen said yesterday.
"Never thought I would love the sound of his snoring as much as I do right now."
The younger men were friends and it is understood they both worked in the mining sector.
Mr Weppner, of Forrestfield, was a passionate fishermen and owned his own boat. It is not known whether it was the one that sank.
On the online fishing forum fishwrecked.com, a Leeman user named 'BigSpinna' said he was "a top bloke".
"[He] Had many friends on our crew and was a skilled worker for his age. Had the pleasure of working with him a few times. Was with him on a loader shut only last week. The news has shattered many guys up here, such a shame and a true tragedy. RIP Bryce," 'BigSpinna' wrote.
Facebook user David Jenkins posted this message: "What a sad day it is for the Pilbara and his family everyone is thinking of you Rip Bryce Weppner."
The trio, all from Perth, set out in a 5.5-metre fishing boat from Leeman about 11am on Thursday.
Mr Thomsen has told police the boat became swamped by waves, tossing them into the water about 3.30pm that day.
The alarm was raised when they did not return by nightfall.
The men spent the night at sea. Mr Thomsen and Mr Coffey had been battling the ocean for about 20 hours when they were rescued.
- with Pamela Mirghani