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#1 JRA

Posted 21 April 2019 - 06:18 PM

My heart goes out to the families of the Port Campbell life savers who died in a rescue today.  I hope the third is going to be ok


Edited by JRA, 21 April 2019 - 06:30 PM.

#2 Caribou

Posted 21 April 2019 - 06:22 PM

Oh my goodness, that’s absolutely heartbreaking. :( I’m sorry for the family and community involved.

#3 purplekitty

Posted 21 April 2019 - 06:40 PM

Just awful.

These men are true heroes.

#4 retemac

Posted 21 April 2019 - 07:04 PM

Heartbreaking.  My little family just travelled through there and it definitely seemed like a right knit community. Also such a dangerous place

#5 Sancti-claws

Posted 21 April 2019 - 07:35 PM

I just read about this - how heartbreaking for the family and community

#6 Future-self

Posted 21 April 2019 - 07:50 PM

Just so awful.
It’s such an amazing job our lifesavers do to keep others safe, to lose their own lives is such a tragedy . For the two to be from the same family is beyond horrific.

#7 Chelli

Posted 21 April 2019 - 07:57 PM

Oh how utterly devastating :( True heroes just trying to save a life and paid the ultimate price. My heart goes out to their family, friends, members of the club and community.

#8 Meepy

Posted 21 April 2019 - 08:07 PM

These men are heroes, putting their lives at risk for others. Sincere condolences to their families and community. Thanks to all volunteers/workers who place themselves in dangerous conditions to help others.

#9 cvbn

Posted 21 April 2019 - 08:12 PM

So very sad, such brave men.

#10 yummymummycakes

Posted 21 April 2019 - 08:18 PM

Sitting here crying over this as my partner just got the email from his office notifying everyone.

True heroes in every sense of the word!

And then we get another email advising us of another death in a different area of the same organisation - 3 deaths in the week.

Edited by yummymummycakes, 21 April 2019 - 08:36 PM.

#11 casime

Posted 21 April 2019 - 08:33 PM

How absolutely devastating.   People need to stop doing things like this.  Any fool could see the conditions were dangerous for swimming.

#12 daybreaker

Posted 21 April 2019 - 08:44 PM

It's not fair that the lifesavers were asked to attend in such treacherous conditions.

Very sad indeed.

#13 SkeptiHandsOnMum

Posted 21 April 2019 - 09:26 PM

No one goes to work thinking that they will not go home. Let alone volunteer work.

May they rest in peace.

#14 Prancer is coming

Posted 21 April 2019 - 10:17 PM

This is just so sad.

#15 crazy87

Posted 21 April 2019 - 10:28 PM

Just defies belief why tourists think they can swim when there is warning signs! Watching Bondi Rescue, so many tourists just ignore the signs & lifeguards...
Such a tragedy.

#16 Fresh Start

Posted 21 April 2019 - 11:03 PM

Heartbreaking for the family and community.

#17 born.a.girl

Posted 22 April 2019 - 05:15 AM

View Postcrazy87, on 21 April 2019 - 10:28 PM, said:

Just defies belief why tourists think they can swim when there is warning signs! Watching Bondi Rescue, so many tourists just ignore the signs & lifeguards...
Such a tragedy.

So many rescues involved those new to Australia, or tourists.  Their rescue comes at such a cost when tragedies like this happens it makes me think we could perhaps do more in accommodation in the areas involved.  I wonder what goes through peoples' heads when they ignore signs.

I recently read the riot act to my daughter and her boyfriend, going to Phuket for a week.  Apparently the ocean looks lovely and calm* and the rip there is very deceptive (as all rips are) and people have drowned just paddling up to their knees.

ETA: * Where they will be, in August.

Edited by born.a.girl, 22 April 2019 - 05:16 AM.

#18 kadoodle

Posted 22 April 2019 - 07:44 AM

That’s just tragic. Their poor family.

#19 NeedSleepNow

Posted 22 April 2019 - 08:06 AM

Heartbreaking :(
How tragic for the family and community

#20 SkeptiHandsOnMum

Posted 22 April 2019 - 08:59 AM

Father and son. I thank them for giving the ultimate sacrifice while serving others.

Edited by SkeptiHandsOnMum, 22 April 2019 - 09:00 AM.

#21 born.a.girl

Posted 22 April 2019 - 02:31 PM


The man they were rescuing was an international tourist who had gotten into difficulty while wading near the mouth of the Sherbrook River near Port Campbell on Sunday morning, police said.

This is a quote from this article in the ABC.


If it's true, that he WAS paddling, then we definitely need more info out there.

I know someone who drowned walking in water no higher than their knees.  A sudden pull of the rip toppled them over, and then pulled them out.

#22 SplashingRainbows

Posted 22 April 2019 - 06:49 PM

A tragic outcome. My heart breaks for the family left behind.

Following the previous comment, my parents loved canoeing, mostly in rivers. So we were raised with a healthy appreciation for rivers, and rivers opening near the sea. Not expert knowledge, just how deadly they can be.

I strongly suspect many Aussie kids don’t have this info. We’re pretty good at basic pool and surf education but this has made me realise I need to be more intentional about teaching my kids about rivers too.

#23 AprilEthereal

Posted 22 April 2019 - 07:01 PM

My heart goes out to the men who lost their lives and their family and friends. :(

#24 Fresh Start

Posted 22 April 2019 - 08:02 PM

School friends have a holiday house down there and their kids do nippers when they are there so know father and son a little bit. She posted a gofundme for the son’s wife who is pregnant with their daughter - due in August.

When I looked earlier today it was a $10000 goal and they had over $15000, it’s now a $50000 goal. My kids asked to donate $5 each.


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