Father And Son Drown After Trying To Save Tourist In Victoria
A father and son have died while trying to rescue a tourist in Victoria on Easter Sunday.
Andy, 32, his dad Ross, 71, and another lifeguard used a boat to save the struggling swimmer in Port Campbell, near the 12 Apostles.
But after they picked up the Singaporean tourist, their boat flipped, throwing the four people into the rough seas.
The 30-year-old visitor was winched to safety with serious injuries, along with the other lifeguard, however Andy and Ross didn't survive.
Andy's pregnant girlfriend has penned a heartbreaking message to her partner.
Amber Griffiths wrote: "We lost two of the most beautiful people to ever exist - always putting others first. The love of my life, light of my life, father of my baby girl. My heart is broken. I miss you."
The rescued lifesaver was taken to The Alfred Hospital with injuries to his back and legs. He arrived at the hospital in a serious but stable condition.
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Corangamite mayor Neil Trotter has also released a statement saying: "They were both volunteers for everything that was going - CFA, SES, surf lifesaving.
"Ross was an inaugural member of the lifesaving club when it was formed in 1965 and maintained it his whole life. I think that speaks volumes - he put his community first."
He added that the king tides mixed with a big swell meant that area was a recipe for disaster.
Life Saving Victoria president Paul James said their close knit community has been devastated.
Speaking to The Age, Mr James said: "The two men [who died] were both highly experienced and long-serving members.
"They were called to assist a patient in the water, they ventured out as a group of three rescuers in a six-metre rigid hull inflatable boat. For whatever reason, that boat got into difficulty.
"It's just terrible, it's heartbreaking. The boat was operating in two-metre swell ... we know it's treacherous down there.
"These brave people, these heroes, have gone out to try and help."
Andy and Ross will be sorely missed. RIP.
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