Man, 38, who disappeared from Rottnest Island three years ago, may have drowned when he tried to swim back

Missing man, 38, who disappeared from Rottnest Island three years ago, may have drowned after trying to swim back to the mainland

  • Matthew James Bale became angry when the family confronted him with drinking
  • Mr. Bale then went to a liquor store and bought a box of wine, the court heard
  • He walked to a beach and told two women that he would swim back

A man who disappeared from Rottnest with his family during a vacation may have tried to swim back to Fremantle, an investigation has heard.

Matthew James Bale, 38, became irritated and angry about his parents who were visiting from England, and his wife confronted him about his alcohol consumption in the afternoon of March 21, 2016.

He then went to a liquor store and bought a box of wine, the West Australian Coroners Court heard on Wednesday.

Matthew James Bale (photo), 38, became irritated and angry about his parents who were visiting from England, and his wife confronted him about his alcohol consumption in the afternoon of March 21, 2016

Matthew James Bale (photo), 38, became irritated and angry about his parents who were visiting from England, and his wife confronted him about his alcohol consumption in the afternoon of March 21, 2016

Mr. Bale walked to a small beach and talked to two women who worked on the island and told them that he would be swimming back to Fremantle since the ferries had stopped for the night.

& # 39; He was observed during the evening and was last seen when he walked to Fays Bay Beach and carried the box of wine, & # 39; A Counselor told the coroner Lyle Housiaux.

& # 39; This was Mr. Bale's last observation. & # 39;

Mr. Bale walked to a small beach and spoke to two women who worked on the island and told them that he would be swimming back to Fremantle since the ferries had stopped for the night (photo Rottnest Island, where Bale disappeared)

Mr. Bale walked to a small beach and spoke to two women who worked on the island and told them that he would be swimming back to Fremantle since the ferries had stopped for the night (photo Rottnest Island, where Bale disappeared)

Mr. Bale walked to a small beach and spoke to two women who worked on the island and told them that he would be swimming back to Fremantle since the ferries had stopped for the night (photo Rottnest Island, where Bale disappeared)

Sergeant Housiaux said that Mr Bale's wife assumed that he slept somewhere else on the island that night and hit a morning ferry home.

But she got worried when she came home a few days later and he wasn't there, so she reported that he was missing.

Despite an extensive search for land and sea, Mr. Bale was never found.

Coroner Barry King said it was likely that he died Mr. Bale due to an accident or setback, but probably not suicide (Mr. Bale introduced himself with his wife, Kate Hulett)

Coroner Barry King said it was likely that he died Mr. Bale due to an accident or setback, but probably not suicide (Mr. Bale introduced himself with his wife, Kate Hulett)

Coroner Barry King said it was likely that he died Mr. Bale due to an accident or setback, but probably not suicide (Mr. Bale introduced himself with his wife, Kate Hulett)

Coroner Barry King told Mr. Bale's family that he could rule that Mr. Bale was dead, but determining how he died would be harder.

Mr. King said it was likely that he would find Mr. Bale as a result of an accident or misfortune, but probably not suicide.

He will hand over his findings at a later date.

. (TagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) news (t) alcohol