POLICE divers have recovered the body of a teenage boating victim about five metres under the surface of where his inflatable dinghy capsized on Lake Liddell.
Dylan Spicer, 13, had not been seen since his 16-year-old mate lost sight of him after the pair were thrown into the water on Saturday afternoon.
Acting Inspector Bill Langdon said it appeared a fierce westerly wind had quickly whipped up and pushed the boys more than 200 metres away from shore and into trouble.
‘‘I don’t think they had intended to be that far away from the shoreline,’’ he said.
The older boy was able to stay afloat until he was picked up by a recreational vessel, but Dylan had slipped from view.
Neither teen was wearing a lifejacket.
Police divers and searchers returned to Lake Liddell yesterday, where the divers found Dylan’s body in 5.4 metres of water below where the dinghy tipped over.
Relatives holding a lakeside vigil for the popular teenager were able to identify his body.
A Facebook page had attracted over 1000 members within a few hours of being set up yesterday, as friends and family poured out their hearts at the loss of another teen in a boating tragedy.
‘‘Rest in peace my Dylan you were one of my best friends, ive been crying every night since I knew you were going love ya dylan r.i.p,’’ wrote one friend.
‘‘So many people love and respect you Dylan – you were a very loved boy and you will be in everyone’s hearts forever – rest easy beautiful boy xx,’’ wrote Ashleey Humphrey.
The discovery of Dylan’s body came as the mother of another boating victim was writing to the state government calling for urgent reviews to make it compulsory to wear lifejackets in small boats.
Cathy Simon, the mother of Courtney Simon, sent an email to Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gaye yesterday urging an immediate change in legislation.
‘‘I understand that it will never be mandatory in all boating vessels, but I do believe and have a strong belief that it needs to become mandatory in all small boating vessels as these boats capsize unexpectedly and easily,’’ Mrs Simon wrote.
Courtney Simon, 14, drowned when the small dinghy she was travelling in with her boyfriend and another male capsized in choppy waters swept up by winds across Lake Macquarie last year.
Her tragic death has prompted her mother to campaign for safety changes under the banner ‘‘Courtney’s Rule – stay safe to live’’.