An ocean search has been launched after a stolen EPIRB was activated off the coast of Western Australia.

Police spokesman Sam Dinnison said authorities were advised by the Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra at 3.20am of an EPIRB activation in the vicinity of Cape Leveque, near Broome.

The Water Police Coordination Centre in Fremantle is coordinating a marine search and rescue operation.

The EPIRB was detected about a nautical mile off shore.

The device was stolen from its original owner about a year ago, so police are unsure whether it is on a marine vessel or not.

“We’re flying blind in what we are looking for,” Mr Dinnison said.

Two private yachts are assisting a search plane in the search.

Staff from a nearby resort are also searching along the shore line.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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