UPDATE 6pm: Victoria Police has issued a further statement, saying Water Police are investigating the man’s death.
It’s believed the 82-year-old Ardeer man launched his boat from boat ramp 2, off Sunset Drive, sometime after 6.30am on Thursday.
He left his car, a grey Hyundai i30 4-door hatch with boat trailer attached, to go fishing in Lake Eppalock.
The man’s body was found in water, close to shore at the same boat ramp, by returning fishermen about 12.20pm.
Investigators believe the man was returning from his fishing trip when he somehow ended up in the water.
The death is not being treated as suspicious and police will prepare a report for the coroner.
Investigators are trying to piece together the man’s final movements and would like to speak to anyone who saw the man at any time today.
He is described as Caucasian in appearance, about 175cm tall with a thin build and short grey hair.
The man was wearing a red and blue check flannelette shirt over a grey singlet, blue jeans, black gumboots and a pink waterski buoyancy vest.
His boat was a grey 3.1m Stacer tinnie with a 6hp Mercury outboard motor.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
The boat is being removed from the water. Police officers have also recovered fishing rods from the lake pic.twitter.com/T1wvlovcf8— Ashley Fritsch (@abfritsch) April 20, 2017
The Water Police from Melbourne has arrived at Lake Eppalock and are attempting to correct the boat in the water pic.twitter.com/RH4KXmBcqG— Ashley Fritsch (@abfritsch) April 20, 2017
A MAN is believed to have drowned at Lake Eppalock.
Police have issued a statement saying a fisherman found a body in the water near an upturned boat.
The boat was found near boat ramp two off Sunset Drive, Kimbolton, about 12.20pm on Thursday.
Police are not treating the death as suspicious.
They urged anyone who might have been near the boat ramp in the lead-up to the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or to submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner.
EMERGENCY services are responding to an incident at Lake Eppalock.
Crews are at ramp two, to the west of the lake.
More to come.
Police are at Lake Eppalock investigating a marine incident pic.twitter.com/7f3LpBYEGG— Ashley Fritsch (@abfritsch) April 20, 2017